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Tuesday , January 28 , 2014
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Road maps on capital wish list

People arriving at Ranchi station, or for that matter any other place in the capital for the first time, will no longer have to ask strangers for direction.

For, councillors like Jermin Toppo, Ashok Kumar Baraik and Shravan Mahto are all set to mount pressure on Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) for proper identification map of their respective wards in the form of glow signage. The councillors have decided to meet RMC CEO Manoj Kumar with their demand in the first week of February.

“The roundabout on Station Road from where one goes towards Sujata Chowk or Kantatoli or to the railway junction has no sign board. At present, the civic body is grappling with the problem of garbage clearance, but once the issue is resolved, I will demand the ward map, listing all the mohallas and lanes with their names through glow signage,” said Toppo.

Jermin, whose ward No. 15 stretches from Church Road to Station Road, argued that every lane should have a board at the entry point, containing an area map for people’s convenience and also to ensure the first-time visitors were not tricked into by local residents.

Ashok Kumar Baraik, ward No. 28 councillor whose area extends from Argora Chowk to Hotel Yuvraj Palace in Doranda, said: “Earlier also, I had demanded for area identification map and would pitch for it once again next week.”

Baraik also wants the civic body to take steps for beautification of the city roads and lighting arrangements at recreational spots.

“Leaving aside Harmu Bypass and newly widened Kanke Road, no other road looks beautiful in the city. We need to come up with a concrete plan for the same. In addition, playgrounds at New AG Colony and Kadru need to be illuminated,” Baraik added.

Shrawan Kumar Mahto, councillor of ward No. 20 that extends between Ranchi Women’s College and Burdwan Compound, said that since the capital localities had so many lanes and bye-lanes, mounting of area maps at every entry point was a must.

“Say a person wants to reach Holy Cross School inside Burdwan Compound from Circular Road. If he is new in the area, he is bound to get confused among the seven lanes, of which only one leads to the school,” said Mahto.

RMC CEO Kumar said that he was ready to discuss the matter with the councillors when they approached him.

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