Commuters Grapple With Devpt Work: Commuters Struggle with Development Work: Road Hazards and Traffic Jams in Ranchi | Ranchi News

Commuters Grapple With Devpt Work: Commuters Struggle with Development Work: Road Hazards and Traffic Jams in Ranchi | Ranchi News

Ranchi: Several roads and thoroughfares are giving a tough time to commuters as potholes, uncovered drains, unfilled dugouts among others are turning into accident zones. This apart, the ongoing infrastructure projects such as construction of flyovers and laying of underground water pipelines are adding to mobility woes leading to freak mishaps in many pockets.
On Monday, a left front wheel of a four-wheeler got sucked inside an uncovered drain in Kusum Vihar as the driver tried to negotiate the narrow road, riddled with potholes near Divyyan. The situation led to massive traffic jam and was cleared only after a group of daily wagers passing by manually lifted the car out of the hole. The area falls under the Ranchi Municipal Corporation.
Shyam Kishore, a resident of road number 4 at Kusum Vihar, said accidents have become a regular affair due to damaged roads and open underground drains. “A few months back, local residents informed the RMC about the poor condition of the road but to no avail,” he claimed. Similar risks exist near Ramkrishna Mission or roads leading towards Burdawan Compound from Circular Road.
Areas where major infrastructure works are underway are no better with regular reports of vehicle breakdowns, wheels getting stuck in potholes and the like. For example, on Sunday, a portion of a truck got stuck in a deep pit on the ‘kutcha’ lane near Khadgara bus stand where Kantatoli flyover work is underway.
Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (JUIDCO) is implementing the flyover works.
The Circular Road, where JUIDCO is undertaking underground water pipeline work, too has turned risky. On Saturday night, a biker skidded near the Jail More after he lost balance while negotiating a car from the opposite direction. It was due to low visibility coupled with the dust emanating from the uncemented road.
In Punjabi Colony near Namkum railway station, residents rued that the unannounced digging of the road to install a pipeline for water supply is causing them immense inconvenience for last many days. “The digging damaged the existing water supply pipe. We are struggling with waterlogging. The road is still to be repaired, leading to air pollution in the area. We complained to the contractors but to no avail,” said Rishab Makan.
JUIDCO’s PRO Ashutosh Kumar admitted to partial inconveniences caused to people in areas they are undertaking infrastructure works but stressed that they are working on a war-footing to alleviate commuting problems.
“As far as pipeline work is concerned, two agencies — Jinda and L&T Pvt Ltd — have restored almost 95% of areas they dug up. Another agency, Nagarjuna Construction Pvt Limited, is laying pipelines on Circular Road to Lalpur to Plaza Chowk. We have asked them to cover the road as soon as the pipeline is laid and fill it with stone dust to make them motorable and barricade risky areas,” he said.
He added, “As far as potholes on Kantatoli-Bahu Bazar stretch is concerned, they will be filled within two-three days. We request people to bear with the woes as it’s temporary.”
Kunwar Singh Pahan, additional administrator of RMC, said, “I will soon issue an order to cover the drains at the earliest. Funds will not be a problem.”

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