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Jamshedpur's Tata-Kandra road stretch still deadly

No sign of repairs promised after monsoon
The accident-prone stretch of Tata-Kandra road in Kandra on Friday.

Kumud Jenamani   |   Jamshedpur   |   Published 14.12.18, 08:26 PM

A 5km stretch of Tata-Kandra road continues to be a motorist’s nightmare as the much promised repairs are yet to begin even though authorities had promised to begin work immediately after the monsoon.

Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company (JARDC), the construction agency which built the four-lane road in 2012, had started repairs in April this year. But after the arrival of the monsoon, it abandoned the work, leaving the stretch without the top layer of bitumen.

The company promised to complete the work after September by which time the monsoon would have withdrawn from Jharkhand. But the road is in terrible state with motorists, especially those on two-wheelers, often meeting up with accidents.

“I fell as my bike skidded off the Tata-Kandra road on Thursday night. As a result, I sustained serious bruises on my palms,” Shivanand Gope, a resident of Balaidih in Gamharia, told The Telegraph.

Gope (36) met with the accident while returning home from Seraikela at 7pm. Passersby came to his rescue and took him to private nursing home in Adityapur for treatment.

On Wednesday afternoon, a family of three were injured when the scooter they were on, with Sadhan Mahto (42) driving, skidded off the Tata-Kandra Road.

“I fell along with my wife and my nine-year-old daughter while going to Bistupur. It was a horrible day because the mishap took place even though I was aware of the poor condition of the road. Since I was wearing a helmet, I was unhurt. But my wife Shalini and daughter Priyanka, who were riding pillion, did not have helmets on. Both sustained head injuries,” said Mahto, who runs a dairy business at Seraikela.

Both Shalini and Priyanka had to be treated at MGM Medical College Hospital.

There are countless other tales of such avoidable experiences. Crossing the toll plaza at Kandra has become extremely dangerous because of the stretch.

Executive engineer of the Seraikela division of the road construction department Dinesh Rajak admitted repair work on the stretch was slow.

“The work was supposed to be completed by now. But, the construction agency has been very slow. It may take another two months for the entire stretch to be repaired,” he told The Telegraph.


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