Thursday, April 15, 2021

Residents block Kharkai road-bridges in protest against road mishaps

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Jamshedpur: Traffic between Adityapur in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan and Jamshedpur remained disrupted for about three hours today as a section of Adityapur residents set up blockade on both the Kharkai road-bridges.

The 25-year-old youth Deepak Mishra was killed in a road mishap near Sher-e-Punjab Chowk on Tata-Kandra Road late in the Sunday night and the protestors were demanding the administration a complete ban on the movement of heavy vehicles through the Kharkai bridge.

As a result of the blockade during a busy hours, huge number of vehicles, including two-wheelers remained stranded on either side of the Kharkai bridges. A police party led by officer-in-charge, Adityapur police station, Ajay Kumar arrived with four sections of district police and dispersed the protestors by resorting to mild lathi-charge at about 11.15 am.

Meanwhile, the Adityapur police have registered a case under Section of murder against the driver of the dumper which caused the mishap after Anil Kumar Mishra, father of the mishap victim, claimed by lodging an FIR that it was not a road mishap, but a murder.

Officer-in-charge, Adityapur Kumar confirmed to have registered a case under Section murder as the aggrieved family pointed out that there was an enmity between Deepak and the driver of the dumper No JH0J-7908 a few months ago.

Cases of road mishaps at the newly constructed Tata-Kandra Road are on rise. Ever since the Tata-Kandra Road got operational on December 31 2013, several mishaps took place in which 186 people have died.

Notably, every day about 1000 trucks and trailers come to the industrial area for making delivery of raw materials or taking finished materials to Jamshedur or to other destinations.  The newly-built Tata-Kandra Road has been made in such a design that there are very few number of turning points in its 15.5 kilometre long stretch.

As most of the industrial units are located on the left side of the road, the truck and trailer drivers tend to ply on the wrong side after coming out of any industrial unit for reaching at a turning point instead of plying extra distance for reaching a turning point to come to the right side.   As a result of the wrong-side driving mishaps on the road take place in regular intervals.

Earlier angry residents of Adityapur in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district set on fire six heavy vehicles — three trucks and three dumpers-following a mishap. Mishra, a resident of New Housing Colony, in Hari Om Nagar in Adityapur  and a supplier of building construction materials was returning home on his bike from Bistupur when he met with the unfortunate fate.  The youth died on the spot.

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