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Danger juts out from roads

Danger, these days, is manifesting itself in myriad hues on the steel city’s roads. One missed step or a wrong turn and you may end up on the hospital bed with a broken limb or two.

Residential neighbourhoods in upmarket Bistupur are paying the price for better telecom connectivity with risky rides, thanks to exposed optical fibre cables that have been left open and jutting out from the ground on at least three arteries hemmed in by Tata Steel company quarters and commercial enterprises.

The cables are being laid by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL), the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, for its ambitious 4G network that’s likely to be launched across the state by the end of this year. But a survey on Friday morning revealed that the colourful cables have not been covered on busy stretches like J Road, L Road and at the intersection of 8th Avenue and N Road.

While J Road Jamshedpur Women’s College roundabout witnesses traffic throughout the day as it houses The Milanee, residences of senior BJP leader Sarayu Roy, DM Madan High School for Girls and popular eateries like Anand and Ashirwad, L Road has showrooms of Raymond, KVC, Fab India, Hyundai and Madrasi Sammelani.

The 8th Avenue-N Road intersection is equally bustling with popular clubs and addresses like G Town, G Town Ground, which is currently hosting a Ganesh Puja, Shavak Nanavati Technical Institute, G Town Swimming Club and Khalsa Club.

At all these places, the cables are jutting out one to two metres above the ground just beside the roads, posing danger to passers-by and local residents for the past one week.

“Minor mishaps have been taking place due to the protruding cables, especially after dusk. The company, which laid the optical fibre cables, covered them near residences, but those on the sides of the roads are jutting out at sudden angles from the ground. Two-wheelers and pedestrians face the maximum risks,” said Rajesh Shukla, a resident of N Road who is also a member of Jamshedpur Bar Association and Congress leader.

Though officials of RJIL were not willing to come on record, they confirmed that the cables were being laid for 4G network. “We will surely cover up the cables once they are completely laid,” one of the officials said.

Rajesh Rajan, spokesperson of Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco that looks after civic utilities in the steel city, said: “If they do not bury the exposed connections, we will deduct money from their deposit money. It has been categorically mentioned in the agreement made with RJIL that they have to restore the roads to their earlier condition after laying the cables.”