Banna Gupta at the news meet in Kadma on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Renovation of two important links between the steel city and NH-33 will commence from March 1.
While Old Purulia Road will be repaired and widened by 44 feet at Rs 9.8 crore, the Mango-Pardih Road will be side-stetched by 55 feet at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore.
Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta informed this at a news meet at his Kadma-based office on Sunday.
“The private agency that won the bid for the projects and received the work order on February 20 after a proper tendering process has informed executive engineer of road construction department Anil Kumar Singh today (Sunday) that it will start work after five days,” the Congress leader said.
Sakchi-based M/s Leading Construction will execute both the projects.
According to the terms and conditions of the contract, the twin projects have to completed within a year from the date the agency is given the work order. “So hopefully from February 2015, we will bid goodbye to traffic congestion on these two important arteries,” Gupta said and added that it was due to his sustained movement that the state government had to approve funds to carry out the widening work.
“It is a fruition of a longstanding fight with the government. I have got copies of the work order for the both the projects from the state and have already formed committees to keep an eye on the quality of construction so that there is no callousness on the part of the executing agency,” Gupta said.
Notably, the 4.4km long Mango-Pardih road, popularly known as Purulia Road, is dotted with important places like entertainment centre Payal Talkies, Mango police station, East Singhbhum district provident fund office, Dalma division office of the forest department, Brahmananda Narayana Hrudayalaya (multi-specialty hospital) among others.
Densely populated areas of Jawaharnagar, Pardih and Azadnagar are situated alongside the stretch. Owing to encroachment and yawning craters on the road, vehicles have to move slowly, resulting in permanent traffic congestion.
Similarly, the 3.3km long Old Purulia Road has the presence of educational institutions such as Al-Kabir Polytechnic, socio-religious organisations like Jesu Bhawan and densely populated localities like Kapali and Zakirnagar.
Both these important arteries witness traffic volume in excess of 1 lakh daily.
The MLA further said that executive engineer of road construction department Singh would open tenders for repair of 11 other roads in the densely populated Mango locality at his office on March 1.