An underconstruction drain shrinks the motorable stretch on East Jail Road in Ranchi on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Approaching Tharpakhna in Ranchi has become next to impossible, thanks to the ongoing sewerage construction work of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) along East Jail Road as well as illegal parking.
A stretch of nearly a kilometre on East Jail Road between Jayant Agencies and Ranchi Women’s College (arts block) was dug up to lay pipelines about 20 days ago.
Now, the work of laying concrete slabs to cover the pipes is on. narrowing road width from 30ft to 18ft.
To add to this, illegal parking has further eaten up road space, creating chaos on this arterial stretch and affecting adjoining Hazaribagh Road and the other side of East Jail Road.
Traffic constable Sanjay Kumar, deputed near the East Jail Road and Hazaribagh Road junction, feels illegal parking creates more trouble than sewerage work.
According to him, the peak hours of traffic snarls on this stretch are between 1pm and 3pm. “The schools usually get over in the afternoon, after which the buses of cradles ply on the road. Given its width now, it becomes very difficult to manage traffic, with school buses queuing up one after the other,” he added.
Autos plying to this stretch only add to the traffic woes, said a juice kiosk owner in the area, Rajesh. He pointed out that auto drivers headed for Kutchery Chowk from Dangratoli Chowk-end prefer to take East Jail Road. “Autos often stop to drop a passenger between Jayant Agencies and Women’s College, adding to the jam,” he said.
A resident of Tarababu Lane on East Jail Road, Rina Das commutes on this stretch regularly. “We are frustrated with traffic jams. The trouble is more due to the SUVs parked near the two private nursing homes along this road. We posted our problems on the Facebook page of Ranchi Traffic Police last year, but it seems no one did anything,” said Das.
Nikhil, who runs an optical shop on the adjacent Hazaribagh Road, said a choked East Jail Road increases the snarls on other linked roads.
He added auto drivers flee when mobile police vans inspect the stretch.
SP (traffic) Rajiv Ranjan told The Telegraph that parking on this stretch was illegal. He also said sewerage construction work should be ideally done at night and at a much faster pace.
“We will request RMC once again to speed up work,” he said.