Jamshedpur : The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will organise a dharna on the highway at Pardih on Tuesday. Apart from SCCI members several other trade , industry and transport outfits will join the dharna. The dharna will start from 10:30 am. The traders are protesting the poor condition of NH-33 between Pardih and Baliguma, a stretch of 6 Kms which passes through Jamshedpur.
“We have been demanding construction of the 6-Km stretch of the highway that has turned into a death zone. Several mishaps have taken place in that busy stretch of the highway. We demand immediate repair of the highway or else we would intensify our stir,” said Ashok Bhalotia, president of SCCI while talking to newsmen at the Chambers Bhavan in Bistupur.
As per the plans, the dharna will begin at 10.30 am and continue till 4 pm. Several industry outfits of Seraikela-Kharsawan including Adityapur Small Industries Association and transport units would join the agitation.
Another official said that the CBI probe called by High Court over shabby condition of NH 33 is unfortunate. Despite repeated assurances the condition of the road remains grave. The State Government is responsible for poor road condition.
The Chief Minister’s promise is mere eye wash. Jamshedpur is his home town but travelling to the city from Ranchi is a nightmare for commuters. Necessary initiatives should be taken to ensure proper repair of the NH between Ranchi and Baharagora, at the earliest.
State food and civil supplies minister Saryu Roy along had on July 29 carried out a spot inspection of the 4 Km stretch of NH-33 between Dimna Chowk and Pardih. Roy, who also represents the Jamshedpur West assembly constituency had also offered Rs 1 crore from his MLA local area development fund to make the 4km stretch of the highway that passes through the steel city motorable.