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Slow road repair plagues commuters
- Crucial capital thoroughfare closed for over two months

Tardy progress in the repair of Ranchi’s Karbala Chowk Road is causing inconvenience to local residents and shopkeepers.

The 1km stretch from St. Mary’s Cathedral on Purulia Road to Karbala Chowk has been closed for nearly two months after it was dug up for repair work.

Gudri resident Mobin Rehman said the progress of the repair work has been quite slow. “The workers have cut drains as part of the repair work. This has compounded commuters’ pains,” Rehman said.

Mohan Kumar, proprietor of Mohan Vastralaya on Karbala Road, told The Telegraph that repairing the road was a good move, but the pace of work was quite slow.

“Most labourers don’t turn up and only a handful are working. This has led to the tardy progress,” Kumar added.

The road runs parallel to the Main Road and links Purulia Road to Ranchi Railway Station. It witnesses a steady flow of traffic as many commuters prefer to avoid the rush on Main Road. The road also boasts shops dealing in old books and is frequently visited by students. Karbala Chowk Road also connects Church Road and educational institutes on Purulia Road.

Now that monsoon is near, the delay in repair work has sprung up new worries.

“The rains are round the corner and work seems to be way behind its schedule. The pace of work is very slow. With the road dug up and the drains incomplete, dirty water and muck will be strewn all around. Pedestrians and commuters will have a tough time,” said Wasim, a motor mechanic.

Contractor Abdul Mateen could not be contacted for his comment. His clerk Suleman Raza said major portion of the work had been completed. “We are trying our best to complete work before rains. The harsh day temperatures have also taken a toll on the labourers. They get exhausted and it would be inhuman to make them work in this heat,” Raza said.