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Land gripe pauses widening work

Police stopped the ongoing four-laning work on a 60-feet stretch along S-Type on Adityapur-Kandra Road on Wednesday morning after a local resident complained that the contractor has encroached on his land.

Businessman Sitaram Singh said that he had purchased the plot, measuring about two cottahs and adjoining his residence at S-Type, from the housing board for commercial purpose way back in the 80s.

“I spotted some workers engaged in the four-laning project digging my land with the help of machines yesterday (Tuesday). I protested but when the contractor did not pay any heed, I went to Adityapur police station and lodged a complaint. Thereafter, the police stopped work,” Singh told The Telegraph.

He further said that he had all necessary documents to prove that the land belonged to him. “On my way to the police station, I also met Seraikela-Kharsawan deputy commissioner and urged him to measure the land,” Singh added.

Meanwhile, Alok Kumar, senior manager of IL&FS — the construction firm that is executing the project — said he did not know whether work had been suspended.

“I am not aware of suspension of four-laning work on any stretch. If something has indeed happened, it must be an issue between the state government (read road construction department) and the aggrieved party. We have no role to play,” Kumar said.

Executive engineer, road construction, Sanjay Kumar Singh also did not confirm about suspension of work on Adityapur-Kandra Road, but said that circle officer of Gamharia would soon carry out measurements of land belonging to the department.

“The order for measuring Adityapur-Kandra Road has already been issued by Seraikela-Kharsawan deputy commissioner. It’s important as local landowners have lodged several complaints with the administration since four-laning work began,” he added.

Notably, residents of Sher-e-Panjab Chowk in Adityapur have already raised their voice against IL&FS as well as the road construction department, accusing them of encroaching on their land.

Four-laning work on the 15.5km road, which is the lifeline of the Adityapur industrial area, kicked off in October, 2011, at an estimated cost of Rs 185.5 crore.

IL&FS is to wrap up the project, which will also see the stretch being widened up to 120 feet, within two years.


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