MP Bidyut Baran Mahto in Jugsalai on Monday.
Picture by Bhola Prasad
Perennial complaints of poor drainage and potholed roads, voiced by over one lakh residents of Jugsalai, will hopefully end by the year.
For, Monday saw Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahto laying the foundation for a slew of road and drainage projects worth around Rs 1.36-crore with a stern directive to the Jugsalai Municipality to ensure that quality of work was not compromised and cleaning of drains carried out periodically.
In all, 14 concrete roads will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 92.37 lakh at Idgah Maidan, Gauri Shanker Road, Shiv Ghat Road, Hill View roundabout (near Station Road), Garib Nawaj Colony, Naya Bazaar, Bara Bazaar, Chattisgarhia Mohalla, Chhapriya Mohalla and Purani Basti areas.
New drains would come up at four places in Millatnagar, Jama Masjid and Jugsalai Bazaar areas at an estimated cost of Rs 44 lakh.
“Construction sites of roads and drains have been identified by the Jugsalai municipality following complaints by local residents,” said Mahto.
“Residents have also registered their displeasure against lack of drains which resulted in water overflowing on roads. After construction of the roads and drains, these problems will be reduced to a great extent,” the MP added.
Residents of Jugsalai, among the most densely populated commercial hubs of Jamshedpur, were satisfied at the MP’s concern.
“Travelling on most roads had become risky in Jugsalai. However, with the MP’s initiative we hope to use the roads again smoothly. After rains, most of the drains get clogged. Hopefully, the new drains will help,” said Amar Kumar Singh (35), a resident of Gauri Shanker Road.
Later, Mahto promised to take up the repair of the Tatanagar Station-Jugsalai Road with railway officials. “I will be meeting divisional railway manager (DRM) of Chakradharpur division Rajiv Agarwal on Tuesday and raise the issue with him,” he said about the 1.5km Tatanagar station approach road from Jugsalai.
On the question of constructing a road overbridge at Jugsalai, Mahto said a meeting would be held with state road construction department principal secretary Rajbala Verma this week in the state capital to discuss the issue of 50 per cent funding for the Jugsalai overbridge.