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Wider roads, drains on cards

Ranchi can soon expect to have wider thoroughfares complete with proper drainage facilities at two busy points.

The road construction department has sanctioned funds for expansion of the 3km stretch between Albert Ekka Chowk and Kokar Distillery Bridge and the 4km portion between Ratan Talkies and Ranchi Women’s College via Karbala Chowk.

While Rs 5 crore has been earmarked for the first project, Rs 8 crore has been allotted for the second. The department is currently in the process of floating tenders for selecting the two agencies to carry out the work.

The roads will be wider by at least five feet after the renovation projects, putting an end to traffic congestion and waterlogging. “Funds have been allotted for revamping the roads and digging up drains. We are soon going to issue the tenders, inviting bids from interested agencies,” said Rajesh Kumar Gupta, executive engineer, road construction.

He added that the entire selection process would take at least 40 to 45 days. “The selected agencies will be given around six months to complete work. One can expect the wider roads before next monsoon,” Gupta said.

At present, there is no proper drain from Albert Ekka Chowk to Kokar Distillery Bridge, which is a part of HB Road. Hence, waterlogging at various points, particularly in Tharpakhna, is common during monsoon.

Worst is the condition between Ratan Talkies and Ranchi Women’s College. In the absence of any drain, the vicinity of St John’s School and Dr Amit Mukherjee’s clinic gets heavily waterlogged every time it rains. Students of schools like St Anne’s, St Aloysius, St Joseph’s, St John’s and Ursuline Convent — all located one after the other along the stretch — have a tough time negotiating the submerged Mission Chowk.

Karbala Chowk, which witnesses heavy traffic all day, is also in a pitiable state.

“Local residents and commuters have been demanding for proper drains on the roads for a long time. When I was the ward councillor of the area, I had written to the state road construction department. I am happy that the officials have finally taken note of it,” said former councillor Rajesh Gupta.