Jamshedpur : Tata Steel’s ambitious road decongestion master plan that aims to facilitate safe, uninterrupted and smooth movement of goods and passenger vehicles in the city through long-term sustainable measures is expected to kick start in April.
Through Eastern and West corridor the objective is to directly link the arterial NH-33 and state highway networks with the city and major industrial units through dedicated eastern and western corridors.
The master plan involves construction of a dedicated corridor (eastern) directly connecting the steel city and its satellite areas, including major industrial hubs, with NH-33 by constructing a third bridge over river Subernarekha. A western peripheral road connecting Power House-3 with the Adityapur toll bridge.
Work on Tata Steel’s road decongestion master plan, Eastern Road Corridor will start in April this year.
State chief minister, Raghubar Das who was in city admitted of the delay in commissioning of the road corridor project and assured that work at the ground level will start within April.
In 2011, Tata Steel had proposed the eastern corridor project and optimistically given a two-year deadline. However, bureaucratic hurdles and land acquisition hassles were delaying the Rs 1,323-crore project which envisaged flyovers and arterial roads linking Tatanagar Station and highways (NH-33) to be built on public private partnership (between Tata Steel and state government) through a special purpose vehicles (SPV).
The western corridor will cover 29.3 km and involve the construction of a flyover connecting the Kharkai bridge in Adityapur with the Mango bridge via the Marine Drive.
Set to come up in a public private partnership mode, the work on the road-link project, was to be jointly taken up by the state and Tata Steel. The ambitious project, which aims to link the eastern part of the city with the western part through multiple road links and flyover, is held-up for the last several years.
“ We are confident that all hurdles for the eastern road corridor project has been cleared and work can be seen at the ground level in April this year. We are looking into all aspects of the project and compliances at all level have been cleared,” said Das.
Speaking on the NH-33 stretch road widening work continuing at a tardy pace, Das said that he would be meeting union road and surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari over the slow pace of road widening work on NH-33 stretch between Ranchi – Jamshedpur and Ghatshila- Baharagora.