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Steel city gets traffic plan

Imagine this: all offices providing transport for employees, there are separate roads for entry and exit of heavy vehicles to the city, there are separate lanes for two-wheelers and roads that are busy with heavy traffic have been widened to include dedicated parking bays for cars and auto-rickshaws.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 3.02.16
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Deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal (second from left) at the meeting at district collectorate on Tuesday. (Bhola Prasad)

Imagine this: all offices providing transport for employees, there are separate roads for entry and exit of heavy vehicles to the city, there are separate lanes for two-wheelers and roads that are busy with heavy traffic have been widened to include dedicated parking bays for cars and auto-rickshaws.

All this could be true if a draft comprehensive mobility plan (CMP), prepared for Jamshedpur accounting for what the city could like in 2035, is implemented.

The plan, prepared by Chennai-based L&T Infrastructure, was presented to the district administration and various stakeholders of the steel city, including politicians, members of the corporate sector, NGOs and trade outfits, at the district collectorate on Tuesday.

Stakeholders discussed the plan at an hour-long meeting held for Jamshedpur Urban Agglomeration (JUA), comprising 149sqkm area of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC), Jugsalai Municipality and Adityapur Notified Area Committee (ANAC) and eight panchayats.

The plan, that looks ahead to the possible traffic scenario in 2035, was prepared after L&T teams conducted a survey across the steel city in March last year.

The plan suggests construction of separate two-metre-wide lanes exclusively for two-wheelers after widening some of the major thoroughfares that witness heavy traffic, especially Subernarekha Link Road, Golmuri-Agrico Main Road, Sakchi-Kalimati Road, Mango bridge and Bistupur-Jugsalai-Tatanagar Station Road.

The idea is prevent accidents and create separate entry and exit routes for heavy vehicles ferrying goods into the steel city. "We have asked the L&T to incorporate the suggestions that came out of Tuesday's meeting and submit a final draft which would then be presented to the state urban development department. After the department clears the plan, tenders would be floated for preparing a detailed project report keeping in mind the traffic scenario of the city in 2035," said East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal.

The plan, said JUA nodal officer officer-cum JNAC special officer Dipak Sahay, also identified illegal parking and encroachment of roads by vendors as the two primary reasons for traffic congestion.

"We will try to sort out this issue at the earliest," he promised, adding that work on the plan could begin within four months after the state urban development department's nod.

Among the other suggestions of the plan were:

Shift Transport Nagar (used for parking of heavy vehicles) from Dimna Road in Mango to Baliguma

Shift Sitaramdera bus terminus to the Transport Nagar

Corporate sector should provide buses to ferry employees.