| The stretch, which is closed for construction of the culvert, on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
The tardy pace of construction of a culvert near Steel City Beverages on the under-construction Adityapur-Kandra road is an everyday headache for 5,000 commuters.
The executive engineer of the state road construction department (Adityapur division) Sanjay Kumar Singh, had through a notice last month, declared the stretch of road leading up to Steel City Beverages to be out of bounds for vehicles for 20 days to facilitate the construction of the culvert.
The work, according to the notice, was supposed to be over by September 25.
However, despite the September deadline long over, the stretch continues to be work-in-progress. So nearly 5,000 residents of Gamharia and adjoining areas are forced to take a detour of one kilometre via Adityapur industrial area, to bypass the under-construction culvert and get back to the Adityapur-Kandra Road.
Concerned over the delay in the completion of the culvert, representatives of Jamshedpur-based NGO Jan Kalyan Morcha on Monday met subdivisional officer C.K. Singh and executive engineer Singh and pressed for an early solution to the issue.
Communication between Adityapur and Gamharia had been stopped to facilitate construction. The road was supposed to be opened again from September 26 but that did not happen, said Om Prakash, president of the NGO.
He added that they had asked authorities to ensure that the road was free for vehicles before Durga Puja.
Contacted, Singh admitted that he was aware of the problems being faced by the commuters due to the ongoing construction work.
The construction company had asked for 20 days for completing the work. But they could not meet the deadline. It appears that they might need some more time, he said.
Alok Mani, senior manager of Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company the firm carrying out the Adityapur-Kandra four-laning project said they needed another seven days to finish the work. Construction work on the second part of the has not been completed. The concreting is taking a lot of time. but we hope to be done by next week, Mani said.