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Railways to sign MOU with State govt. for Jugsalai ROB

Jamshedpur, Feb. 2: The MP of Jamshedpur Bidyut Baran Mahato has written to the chairman of Railway Board AK Mittal and raised concerns over the delay in the Jugsalai railway over bridge (ROB) construction.

According to the letter, MP informed the chairman that the ROB was approved five years back and the state government has also agreed for the partnership and the land has also been made available but still the railway has not started any kind of word in this regard.

MP further said that the railway officers with their wavering attitude want to construct a ‘perpendicular’ bridge which is very difficult and the land is vacant for a U-Shaped bridge. Mahato went on to say that the railway line is very bust and it results in death of 3-40 people every year while crossing the railway line. Trains connecting Delhi, Mumbai and other cities along with goods train also cross through the Jugsalai crossing.

‘Jamshedpur is an industrial area which houses some of the biggest industries of the country including Tata Steel, Tata Motors etc. The land of Tata Steel was also there but seeing the demand and necessity the company gave the land to railway. Absence of ROB is taking a toll on the people of the region and they are facing huge difficulties specially the daily commuters’, added MP.

Bidyut Mahato appealed the Railway Board chairman to help start the Jugsalai ROB construction work as early as possible.

Replying to the letter, chairman of Railway Board AK Mittal assured the MP that he is aware of the demand and understands its seriousness. Mittal immediately took information about the current status of the Jugsalai ROB from South Eastern Railway General Manager and informed that a MOU will be signed between the state government and railway within one week. Chairman AK Mittal further said that he would keep a personal attention in the issue.

It may be noted that the MP of Jamshedpur Bidyut Baran Mahato met Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi on November 24 and demanded commencement of construction work for the proposed railway over-bridge (ROB) in Jugsalai near the railway level crossing.

In February 2016, a social media group Jugsalai Happening launched a Citizensí Awareness Campaign demanding the construction of a railway over-bridge in Jugsalai.

A signature campaign was also launched by the group, which was administered by Kishore Golcha. The road over bridge was a long pending demand of the people residing in Jugsalai, but the project is getting delayed with every passing day.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das during a meeting with South Eastern Railway GM S N Agrawal in Ranchi on January 2017 asked the railways to complete building work of all rail over bridges at the earliest.
The blueprint for the long-delayed Jugsalai ROB was chalked out Chakradharpur railway division in August 2013.

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