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Rain bares potholes

Jamshedpur, July 26: Commuting on a 50-metre stretch of Water Works Road, popularly known as Jail Road, in the steel city has become a curse these days.

Craters, which already exist on the artery that witnesses a daily traffic of 50,000 vehicles, have turned into huge puddles of water with the onset of monsoon. If that was not bad enough, water from a clogged drain has been spilling on to the road over the past two days, kicking up an unbearable stink.

A part of the 400-metres Jail Road in Sakchi, the oldest market place in Jamshedpur, the stretch links the city to the district excise department and the 45th battalion of Sashastra Seema Bal, a unit of Central Armed Police Forces. It is lined by four hostels of MGM Medical College and Hospital, Tata Motors showroom, LIC’s Sakchi branch, a reputable hotel, shops, coaching institutes, residences of doctors and Tata Steel quarters.

“It is very difficult to cross the road on foot these days as there is every chance of passing vehicles splashing dirty water from puddles. It is a disgrace that such a road exists right in the heart of the city, that too near a commercial hub. At night, the potholes raise chances of mishap. Patients visiting my clinic face a lot of problem,” said plastic surgeon V.S.P. Sinha, whose clinic is situated on the road.

The junior doctors of MGM Medical College and Hospital, who stay at the hostels, are the worst sufferers.

“There have been various instances when cars have hit our bikes while trying to avoid the puddles on the road at night. The streetlights are not enough to illuminate the craters. On top of that, waste water from the overflowing drain has given rise to a foul smell,” complained Kunal Das, one of the junior doctors.

Rajesh Rajan, spokesperson of Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco that maintains the road, promised to take immediate measures.

“We have already started undertaking road repairs across the city during monsoon. This stretch will be included in our list as well. We will also clear the clogged drain. We would also like to appeal to residents not to throw plastic and solid waste into the drain,” he added.