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Jharkhand CM oversees two more flyovers proposal to free Ranchi of traffic snarls

Two earlier flyovers yet to be completed due to bureaucratic hassles

Ranchi, August 5: Flyovers or four-lanes are on the anvil on two important stretches of the capital Ranchi to give respite to residents from frequent traffic jams.

At a review meeting chaired by state chief minister Hemant, Soren, secretary road construction department, Sunil Kumar gave a presentation at Project Bhawan in Ranchi about the flyover connecting Siramtoli Chowk via Rajendra Chowk to Mecon Chowk (in Doranda).

This apart, the presentation was also made for a four-lane road connecting Neori Chowk via Kokar Chowk to Namkum.

The secretary, road construction department, Sunil Kumar, through the presentation (PPT) informed the Chief Minister about the work plan for the proposed flyover from Siramtoli Chowk in Ranchi city to MECON via Rajendra Chowk and four-laning of Neori-Kokar Chowk-Namkum Road.

Incidentally, flyover from Siramtoli to Mecon is of a distance of over 4 km while the distance between Neori in Kokar and Namkum Road is over 7 km.

The Chief Minister, while discussing various points related to the construction work of the above two roads, gave necessary suggestions.

However, sources said that the well-intended move of the government should not meet the same fate of bureaucratic hassles delaying two important flyover projects in Ranchi which are yet to be completed.

Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company Limited (JUIDCO), a wing of the state urban development department  was appointed as the nodal agency for implementing both projects.

As per the plan 900 meters long flyover had to be constructed at Kantatoli worth around Rs 192 crore. The flyover, being built on 3.9 acres of private land and 0.12 acre of government land. Tender of the project was bagged by the Modi Construction Company. The project was delayed due to several reasons including changes in the plan that also escalated the cost. Later on, the project was revised and the length of the flyover was increased by another 300 meters.  Currently, it stands at Rs 257 crore. The construction work is not yet 50 per cent complete.

The proposed Rs 180-crore three-lane Harmu-Ratu flyover has been facing the same fate. As per the plan the 2.34km long flyover was set to rise at LPN Shahdeo Chowk on Kanke Road near the Raj Bhavan and plunge at Kartik Oraon Chowk in Harmu.

State Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, principal secretary to Chief Minister Rajiv Arun Ekka, urban development secretary-cum-secretary to the Chief Minister Vinay Kumar Choubey, Engineer in Chief, Road Construction Department Murari Bhagat and other officials were present on the occasion.

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