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SCCI hunger strike for repair of potholed highway

Jamshedpur, Oct 19: Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will go on a hunger strike at Kali Mandir in Pardih, National Highway (NH-33) on Sunday to protest against delay in repairing work of the thoroughfare.

Although the ugly condition of NH-33 between Ranchi and Jamshedpur has spurred a string of protests the work done is minimal.

Members of the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will hit the fast track from 11am. JVM workers, led by the party’s central secretary Abhay Singh, will enforce their 48-hour blockade in East Singhbhum district from October 26.

And, the steel city wing of National Highway Entrepreneurship Association is planning to shut down shops and hotels along the highway.

The hotel, mall, motel and cinema halls located on the radius of the dilapidated highway are suffering business loss owing to the gradual decline in the footfall over a period of last few months due to poor road condition.

The Ghatshila- Bahragora-Chakulia stretch at one end and Pardih-Chandil-Namkum stretch on the other end on the highway demands immediate attention or else the trade and business prospects of the region shall suffer, immensely, believes hotel industry.

“Amadubi tourist spot is about 60KM from the city but takes over two hours to reach the spot,” said Convenor, Tourism Panel, CII, Prabhakar Singh, indicating the serious condition of the potholed highway.

The National Highway Entrepreneurs Welfare Association (NHEWA), a body comprising business heads of the trade firms located on the NH-33, has announced sitting on fast on the highway on Sunday in protest against the recurring delay on part of the respective government agencies to improve the road condition.

“How long should we keep quiet and wait for the agencies to take up the job apparently on their will. After all, the entrepreneurs are at the receiving end and the business is at loss,” said NHEWA convenor, Naveen Agarwal, who is one of the partners of the Eyelex Cinema.

The Sighbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) which is leading the protest dharna programme said that the amount of diesel and petrol burnt by the commercial and private vehicles travelling on the dilapidated stretch is causing national loss.

“It is not just merely the poor road condition but it is also about additional consumption of petrol and diesel by the vehicles traveling on the potholed street and in turn emanating dust and smoke in excess in the area,” said SCCI, president, Suresh Sonthalia during a press meet at Chamber Bhavan in Bistupur.

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