The Telegraph
Saturday , February 8 , 2014
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Smooth artery, but risky ride

Caution is Hobson’s choice for motorists travelling between Sakchi and Bistupur for over a month now, courtesy jutting out billboards, ragged roadside trenches and an open drain.

While covering the smooth but busy 5km stretch, including the 1.5km between Tata Steel’s general office gate and L-town gate, is quite a challenge during the daytime, at night minor accidents are routine on the two-way artery that is burdened with 1.5 lakh vehicles daily.

The Bistupur-Sakchi road is address to Tata Steel’s general office, Tata Steel Rural Development Society and Jamshedpur Home Guard, besides being link to ADLS Sunshine School and Karim City College.

A spot visit showed over five trenches left unplugged by telecom major BSNL’s Jamshedpur division after laying of cables earlier this year. Chunks of earth dug up for the work also litter the roadside. Adding to the peril are three big hoardings with rusted and protruding edges.

Pushkar Mitra, a delivery assistant with a leading courier company who frequents the stretch on his bike several times, expressed his fears.

Iss road mein dono taraf se gadi chalti hai. Raat mein jab two-wheelers road ke side se chalte hai toh advertisement board se takrane ka daar laga rehta hai. Bahut bar log gir jate hai (The road witnesses traffic from both sides. After sundown, two-wheelers are always at risk because of billboards. There have been occasions when people have met with accidents),” said Mitra.

Traffic DSP of East Singhbhum R.M. Sinha conceded that motorists and pedestrians were at risk, and promised to take the matters up with Tata Steel authorities. “I will request rectifications at the earliest,” he said.

Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco, which is in charge of road upkeep in the steel city, also gave its word on remedial measures. “It was the responsibility of BSNL to fill up trenches. However, since it is an important stretch, we will fix the problem and also construct a culvert on the open drain after inspection,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.

Tata Steel spokesperson Ashish Kumar said they would visit spots where billboards were protruding and see how the risk can be buffered.

Are you facing similar perils on any other city road?