Construction of the subway (above and right) in progress in Dhanbad on Tuesday. Pictures by Gautam Dey
A 115-metre-long subway will enable the teachers of ISM-Dhanbad to walk safely between the tech campus and their teacher’s quarters on the other side of NH-32.
An initiative of Central Public Works Department, Union ministry of urban development, work on the Rs 2.51-crore underground pass, a first for Dhanbad, is likely to get over by 2014-end or early 2015.
Construction of the subway, which started early in 2013, is on in full swing now.
More than 70 per cent of the work has been completed.
Speaking to The Telegraph, ISM registrar Colonel (retd) M.K. Singh said: “The subway will be of great help for our students and teachers. They won’t have to cross the busy highway anymore.”
A couple of years ago, due to space crunch, more than 150 teachers’ quarters were built on a 10-acre area away from the 210-acre main campus on the other side of NH-32.
However, teachers had to cross the national highway — often several times a day — that bifurcated their workplace and home, making them vulnerable to accidents.
Students, who wanted to meet faculty, also had no way out but cross the busy artery.
ISM teachers are eagerly waiting for the subway work to finish.
The project was supposed to be ready by September this year, but got slightly delayed due to external factors.
No-objection certificate from National Highways Authority of India took a long time to come, said an official who did not want to be named.
Besides, removing water supply pipelines and electric cables from under the highway contributed to the delay.
But now, the pace of the work is satisfactory.
The subway also promises to look good on completion. Estate-cum-security officer of ISM Rahul Kumar said covered canopy near the entrance of the subway on the campus is around 30 metres wide and that on the other side passage is around 40 metres.