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Wednesday , July 9 , 2014
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Puddle drowns I-Day pledge
State yet to gift school pucca approach road

Promises are hardly fulfilled in Jharkhand and delay is the order of the day in Ranchi — facts even a child knows

And why wouldn’t they? After all, more than 3,500 students of DAV Kapildev School, a reputable cradle in Kadru in the heart of Ranchi, are still waiting for their Independence Day gift — a 400-metre road in front of their school that then urban development secretary Arun Kumar Singh had promised.

“I simply do not understand why the government makes false promises. Last year, on the occasion of Independence Day, the then urban development secretary Arun Kumar Singh had come to our school and promised us that he would soon take steps to construct an approach road. But, nothing has been done so far,” a schoolgirl was overheard saying to her friends on Tuesday while negotiating a puddle and pothole-riddled road to reach her school.

Sharing a joke on the callous attitude of government officials, her friend added, “If it takes so long to fulfil the promise of a 400m road, one should not even expect big projects to be ever completed in this state.”

When contacted, school principal M.K. Sinha confirmed what the girls were discussing. “Urban development secretary had indeed promised a 400m approach road while addressing students on the occasion of Independence Day last year. It’s been more than 10 months and construction work has not even started. I am happy that my students have started realising the limitation of Jharkhand government. They rightly pointed out the delay. I will give a reminder to the authorities concerned for the construction of the thoroughfare. After all, we also pay road tax,” said Sinha.

The school falls under ward No. 29 of RMC. At present, the road that leads up to the cradle is in poor condition. Children are forced to negotiate yawning craters, puddles and potholes and risk their lives and limbs.

Crying helplessness, RMC councillor Pradeep Agarwal said, “On the direction of the then urban development secretary, the stretch was measured and it was estimated that around Rs 12 lakh will be required for the construction of the road. But, the amount was never provided and hence construction could not even start.”

When contacted, chief executive officer of RMC Manoj Kumar, who is supposed to undertake the road construction work, minced his words carefully. “The road will definitely be constructed. But, at present, I cannot say when,” said Kumar, who was clearly irritated when The Telegraph called him up on his mobile.