The Telegraph
Saturday , December 29 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999
CIMA Gallary

Probe demand for four-lane cracks

City NGO Jan Kalyan Morcha has demanded a high-level inquiry into the cracks on the surface of the yet-to-be-inaugurated Adityapur-Kandra four-lane.

The NGO, which spearheaded a protest against the substandard Rs 25-crore repair of same road four years ago leading to Jharkhand High Court ordering arrests of many officers and engineers for alleged malpractice, is now demanding a probe on the basis of a report published in The Telegraph on Friday.

Addressing a news meet, JKM president Om Prakash said the newly-constructed four-lane had developed cracks, exposing chinks in the quality of the four-lane built at a cost of Rs 185.5 crore.

The four-lane, developed on PPP mode by Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited (JARDCL) on the road construction department’s behalf, will be inaugurated on December 31 by chief minister Arjun Munda.

“We came to know about cracks on the four-lane from The Telegraph report. We demand an expert probe headed by secretary, road construction department,” he said.

He pointed out the expert team must carry out a meticulous probe of the 15.3 km-long structure. “They must find out defective portions even where the stretch is coated with coal tar,” he said.

The NGO president said the Adityapur-Kandra four-lane was made in place of earlier road built between 2003 and 2006, which became damaged in the same year it finished.

“That was a project worth Rs 25 crores. When cracks had started coming up, we filed a PIL with Jharkhand High Court. During a hearing the road construction department admitted before high court that it was substandard work. After a thorough probe, the high court had ordered the road construction department to rebuild the Adityapur-Kandra road,” Prakash pointed out.

He added the Adityapur-Kandra four-lane would be a lifeline for one lakh vehicles, including trucks and trailers.

“If the lane starts with cracks, how will it bear the load and what will happen during and after monsoon. The road department should initiate steps to ensure durability. After all, crores have been spent on it and it is a toll road that will earn revenues,” Prakash said.

He also added the administration should maintain the speed limit of vehicles up to 45 kmph on Adityapur-Kandra four-lane for safety.

JARDCL, meanwhile, is preparing for the inauguration ceremony on December 31.