Wider truck routes in Rs 138cr Tata plan

Traffic snarls owing to trucks carrying industrial goods and raw materials on two haul roads near the steel city will be eased in the coming two years, Tata Steel has said.

By Our Special Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 12.09.18
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SNARL SOLUTION: The stretch at Bhuiyandih near Sitaramdera bus terminus, one of the two routes that will be widened, in Jamshedpur on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad

Jamshedpur: Traffic snarls owing to trucks carrying industrial goods and raw materials on two haul roads near the steel city will be eased in the coming two years, Tata Steel has said.

Tata Steel on Monday assured East Singhbhum district administration of widening of two haul roads (a term for roads where haul trucks ply, carrying materials especially mining, in bulk) at an estimate of Rs 138 crore and would submit a detailed proposal soon, East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Saurabh Kumar Sinha confirmed.

Under the proposal, the nearly 10km-long, four-lane road linking Anna Chowk in Govindpur to Burmamines (via Nildih Main Road) will be widened into six lanes at a projected cost of Rs 90 crore. The nearly 8-km-long, two lane-road from near Sitaramdera bus terminus (via Bhuiyandih, Golmuri) to Burmamines truck park will be made into four lanes at a projected cost of Rs 48 crore.

Both the roads would be constructed by Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco. Currently, both the roads see a traffic of 90,000 vehicles a day, including a large number of heavy vehicles.

ADC Saurabh Kumar Sinha said Tata Steel head infrastructure Rajiv Kumar and senior executive A.N. Singh had spoken on the road widening projects.

"These senior executives from Tata Steel spoke about the proposal to widen two haul roads. We asked them to submit a detailed proposal to the district administration at the earliest so that other formalities can be completed to execute the project. We would like the projects to be completed at the earliest for smooth traffic and less mishaps. Tata Steel also assured us that the 250m flyover from near Burmamines HSM gate of Tata Steel to Burmamines Transport Park would be completed by March 2019," said Sinha.

A senior official in Tata Steel, preferring anonymity, said the proposed road with four lanes from Sitaramdera bus terminus would cross Litti Chowk in Agrico and culminate near Burmamines truck parking site (close to Burmamines Durga Puja ground). The road width would be 15m wide, he said, with at least a 1.5m central verge with double-armed LED streetlights.

The road will facilitate the movement of heavy vehicles carrying goods for Tata Motors, Tata Steel Tubes Division, Tinplate, Bluescope, IS&WP and other industries.

The proposed six-lane road from Anna Chowk in Govindpur to Burmamines Tubes Division roundabout will have a width of 20 meters with a central verge and three lanes on both sides. Like the other road, this one will also have double-armed streetlights on the central verge. It will pave way for vehicles carrying goods for Tata Motors, Tata Hitachi, Nuvoco Vistas Corporation Limited (formerly Lafarge Cement), Tata Power, Cummins India, as well as manufactured truck chassis from Tata Motors.

Asked for his reaction, city traffic DSP Shivender Singh said, "Most welcome news. Widening these roads will definitely ease traffic."