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Safety, comfort add-ons for road

Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited (JARDCL) has constructed a foot overbridge and eight passenger shelters along Tata-Kandra Road that links the steel city with Adityapur industrial area in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

The overbridge has come up near Kerala Public School in Gamharia while passenger shelters are set up at key points along the 15.3km stretch.

General manager of JARDCL Vinod Tripathy said the foot overbridge and passenger shelters were part of the agreement between state public works department (road construction) and the firm.

JARDCL has built four lanes and other amenities on the speedway, Tripathy said.

“We have almost completed the road project. Barring two places in Gamharia at Hathi-Ghora Temple and along a residential building, service lane work is also done. The local administration is supposed to hand over the encroached land to us so that we can finish whatever work is left,” he added..

He also pointed out that the foot overbridge was built near the schooll to help children cross the road safely.

“We requested the Kerala Public School management to ask children to use the overbridge instead of crossing the road which is dangerous due to speeding traffic,” he said.

But, Abhishek Sharma, a Class V student of Kerala Public School, told The Telegraph that he found the structure too high. “I climbed once and felt dizzy while looking down the bridge. I will use it when I will grow up,” he said.

But Gautam Sinha, a parent, appreciated the step taken by the JARDCL.

“It is always safe for children to use the foot overbridge instead of crossing the road. Parents can encourage their young wards to get rid of any fear and use the overbridge,” Sinha, an employee of a private insurance company, said.

Commuters who wait for mini buses or autos are also happy with passenger shelters. “It will save me from rain if I forget my umbrella,” said Rashmi Singh, who works in Bistupur but lives in Adityapur.

Executive engineer PWD (road construction) Sanjay Kumar Singh said most jobs of the Rs 185.5 crore Tata-Kandra Road project were done.