Jamshedpur : Traffic on NH-33 linking Jamshedpur to capital Ranchi was paralysed for nearly four hours due to the formation of human chain by AJSU to push for its demand for special status for state.
The planned 343 km long human chain agitation on NH-33 from Baharagora in East Singhbhum to Barhi in Hazaribagh originally scheduled from 9 am to 2 pm but began at around 10 am apart from disrupting traffic could not witness that number of participants required for formation of chain due to showers lashing the region.
Around 50,000 AJSU supporters could be seen holding hands in certain stretch of the NH-33 leaving gap of nearly a kilometer in between thereby defeating the move of a human chain. However, Jugsalai MLA Ramchandra Sahis and other East Singhbhum district enthusiastic party leaders effort to bring rural supporters from Patamda and other parts of the city on vehicles and long distance buses led to traffic snarl almost paralyzing vehicle movement on 115 km stretch between Baharagora to Chilgu (near Chandil).
“We have been stuck in the traffic snarl for nearly two hours. As it is this NH-33 stretch is in a very poor condition with potholes and craters and now this human chain agitation. The supporters instead of standing in queue on the side of NH-33 were standing in an irregular manner on the NH-33.
Even the vehicles which brought them were parked on sides of NH-33 causing congestion of this stretch. I had to reach Ranchi for some officials work by 2 pm but now it seems I can reach only after 4 pm,” said Sushant Dey, a clerk in the district education department travelling on a Ranchi bound bus and stranded near Kanderbera. The heavy vehicle owner decided to play it safe and placed their vehicles on NH-33 sides waiting for the agitation to get over.
“Agar hum age badne ka koshish karte hain aur kisi party karyakarta to thoda dhakka lag jayega to bawal ho jayega aur driver ki pitai hogi. Is liye hum apne gadi ko side kar intezar kar rahen hain. Andolan khatam hone par gadi start karenge. Delivery dene main late hone ar nuksan humhi ko bharna hoga. Kya kare (If we try to maneouvre our vehicle in the traffic jam and if by mistake our vehicle strikes against an agitator on the road then it would lead to a hullabaloo and our driver would stand to be roughed up by party supporters.
We prefer to park our vehicle on side of road and wait for agitation to end to resume our journey. Delayed delivery of consignment will lead to financial loss for us but we have no option),” said Kripal Singh of city based Utility Services Transport taking consignment to Bengal.
East Singhbhum district AJSU spokesperson Kamal Agarwal admitted of problem in NH-33 due to the human chain agitation but passed the blame on district administration. “We had informed the district administration in advance about our agitation for the larger interest of the state. Large number of party supporters had come on vehicles which were parked on NH-33 side leading to congestion.
The district administration should have enforced ‘no-entry’ during the period of agitation for heavy vehicles to streamline traffic movement on NH-33,” the party spokesperson said. He also said that heavy rainfall reduced attendance of party supporters at certain stretch of NH-33 for formation of human chain.