Construction work in progress at the railway underbridge along Jugsalai-Station Road on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Expansion work of Jugsalai-Station Road — a gateway to the steel city — has stumbled upon encroachment hurdles.
Over half-a-dozen shops and a temple on railways land have compelled Chakradharpur division authorities to hold up the road expansion exercise. However, work on the railway underbridge, also the part of the expansion project, is on.
Although notices have been served to shopowners and temple management committee, the land is yet to be vacated.
As per the proposed project, Jugsalai-Station Road has to be widened by 16 feet. Also, an underbridge is being built to streamline the traffic on the road linking Bistupur and Jugsalai to Tatanagar station.
R. Saraswat, senior engineer of Chakradharpur railway division, said the encroachment was a major hurdle in the path of the completion of the project.
“We have to complete road expansion work and underbridge construction by the end of December, 2014. But the shops and the temple are posing obstacles,” he said.
Saraswat further said they had been serving notices to encroachers for the past year for vacating the railways land, but to no avail.
He added that recently they served fresh notices to shopkeepers and temple management committee for vacating the land within one-and-half months.
One of the shopkeepers Ashish Kumar admitted that he received the notice, but said that he would vacate the land only after finding another space. “I don’t want to create problems in the way of the project. But, I cannot leave the place without making alternative arrangement. Once I get a place, I will vacate the land,” said Ashish.
Notably, the narrow Jugsalai-Station Road witnesses frequent traffic snarls owing to the passage of nearly 1,50,000 vehicles, including trucks and buses, it daily. Once the road expansion project gets through, vehicular movement on the artery is expected to be much smoother.