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NH-2 work sparks stir

- Govindpur residents demand flyover to avoid displacement while Chas villagers cry for better compensation

The expansion of NH-2 may run into a bump if the National Highways Authority of India does not take the “flyover” route to avert a mass agitation in Govindpur, around 10km from Dhanbad district headquarters.

Residents of Govindpur are planning to hit the protest path again, reiterating their demand for a 2.5km-long flyover from Amarpur to Fakirdih to prevent displacement, even as the site levelling work to turn the existing four lane into six lanes began on Tuesday. Govindpur Nagrik Samiti, which has been leading the protest for one year, will meet on Wednesday to decide their future course of action.

According to samiti members, the expansion of a 114km stretch between Barwaddah in Dhanbad and Panagarh in Bengal will lead to displacement of over 350 families. This apart, the Rs 1,665-crore project will dislodge the Govindpur Bazaar situated off NH-2, robbing around 200 traders of their livelihood.

President of Govindpur Nagrik Samiti Sharad Dudani said a flyover would help avert all these problems.

Further, he added, the NH-2 stretch passing through Govindpur is very busy owing to a local market and several intersections. NH-32 meets NH-2 near Govindur, while Govindpur-Sahebganj Road and Govindpur-Baliapur Road connect with the highway near Fakirdih. “Expansion of NH-2 will hardly serve any purpose because it will always be congested,” Dudani said.

He claimed that the compensation that would have to be paid to follow the ground route would be more than the flyover’s cost of construction.

Sources said Dhanbad DC Prashant Kumar had studied the samiti’s plan and sent a suggestion to the Union transport ministry in January, but nothing happened.

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