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Jemco link used by industries a nightmare for drivers

If you need a crash course on some tough driving, a 3.5km battered stretch of Jemco Main Road can easily be your learning track.

Dotted with puddles large enough to pass for small ponds and vehicles parked illegally on both sides, the double-lane road is a sheer test of nerves for any driver. Mishaps, both minor and major, are an everyday affair here, not to mention the jam sessions.

Yet, the road is touted as a major industrial corridor connecting Tata Steel Tubes Division in Burmamines with Lafarge Cement at Jojobera. It passes by two more companies — Tata Motors and Telcon — and the DVC’s sub-station in Jamshedpur division and is lined up with a number of other business establishments.

Over 10,000 heavy vehicles ferrying consignments to the industrial units use the road every day.

But the stakeholders have not taken any initiative to renovate the potholed stretch, which is also the sole link to Telco and Tatanagar station for nearly 40,000 residents of areas like Mahanand Basti, Jemco, Azad Basti, Laxminagar, Bajrangi Bagan, Jhagru Bagan, Prem Nagar, Manifit, Ramadin Bagan and Rahargora.

“This portion of Jemco Main Road witnesses mishaps almost every alternate day. In the past year, five deaths took place. We have petitioned to the district administration and the industries using the road to repair it several times, but to no avail. If things don’t get better, we will stage a demonstration in front of district collectorate,” threatened Ankit Singh, general secretary of Jamshedpur unit of Narendra Modi Youth Brigade.

Several local residents supported Singh, saying that illegal parking of heavy vehicles on both sides of the double lane — each seven feet wide — has further narrowed down the road. The heavy vehicles park on the road as the industrial units have no space to accommodate them.

“Companies ke liye gadiya aati hain aur road ko damage kar deti hain. Companies ke dwara koi parking ka prabandh nahin hain jis ke liye trucks road kinare khadi reheti hain. Par companies road repair nahin karwa rahin hain sirf business ki chinta kar rahin hain (Heavy vehicles carrying goods to these companies damage the road. On top of that, no parking facility is provided by the companies and the trucks are forced to park on the roadsides. Unfortunately, the companies are not bothered about repairing the stretch and are only interested in commercial gain),” rued Bachu Singh, a shopkeeper and resident of Jemco.

The road was last repaired by Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco in 2008 at a fund of Rs 13 crore.

“We had repaired the road following request from all companies using the stretch. All the firms had pooled in resources then and asked us to carry out repairs. We cannot initiate renovation work on our own,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.

Tata Motors spokesperson Capt. P.J. Singh admitted that congestion and accidents had become a norm on the road. “We carried out repairs last time after all companies joined hands. We are planning a similar initiative for which funds are being arranged,” he added.

Capt. Singh, however, expressed helplessness to solve the parking issue.

Superintendent of police (city) Karthik S. said traffic DSP R.M. Sinha had been asked to take action against the illegally parked trucks on the sides of the road.

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