Lamp posts on Adityapur-Kandra Road. (Bhola Prasad)
Sodium vapour lamps will soon light up Adityapur-Kandra Road, considered the lifeline of Adityapur industrial area. The busy stretch is being fitted with lamp posts and the road is expected to be illuminated from the middle of next week.
Speaking about the illumination project on the stretch that is being four-laned, executive engineer (road construction) Sanjay Kumar Singh said the lights would change the look of the tiny township.
“Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited (JARDC), which is doing the four laning work, has started installing the lamp posts. The lights will be switched on as soon as the posts are fitted,” Singh told The Telegraph.
According to a source in JARDC, of the total 15.3km road, only a 6.9km stretch will be lit up.
“The road will be illuminated from Kharkai bridge to teachers’ training school, which is about 6km, and again from Gamharia market to Tayo Colony. On the remaining portions, there will be a number of high-mast lamps for the convenience of commuters,” said an official on condition of anonymity.
Notably, the Adityapur-Kandra road had never been equipped with street lamps earlier, much to the inconvenience of motorists. Road mishaps on the stretch have been frequent in the past.
“Adityapur now has a four-lane road and street lamps, both long-standing demands of residents,” said Vinod Singh, a resident of S-Type area.
Like him, several others spoke of change in the lives of Adityapur residents.
Om Prakash, president of NGO Jan Kalyan Morcha, however, was critical of JARDC and the road construction department.
“The Adityapur-Kandra four lane stretch is a toll-road, and the road construction department will collect toll from commercial vehicles for using it. When the commuters and transporters will pay toll, then why should they travel only through 6.9km of illuminated area,” he asked.
The Adityapur-Kandra four-lane project is being executed at a cost of Rs 185.5 crore.