Monday, September 26, 2022

Work on NH 33 to expedite after Gadkariís push

Jamshedpur : Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari promise at Global Summit has provided a fresh lease of life for Jharkhand’s national highway projects that were either stalled or were inching at a snail’s pace.

People travelling going from city towards Ranchi can heave a sigh of relief with construction getting a fillip NH-33 stretch between Dimna to Baharagora.

There has been no repair on this stretch of the NH-33 for more than three years. In monsoon the potholes develops into craters causing problem for the commuters on this stretch which sees heavy traffic movement going towards Odisha and West Bengal.

“Work on Ranchi-Jamshedpur four-lane (Ranchi-Rargaon-Mohulia) will be expedited.The Ministerís announcement has provided momentum to the project,Ē noted an official of National Highway Authority of India ( NHAI).

The Ranchi-Rargaon-Mohulia widening project, part of NH-33, will involve a cost of around Rs 1,500 crore.

Construction major involved with the project, Madhucon, had in the past raised the issue of financial constraints.

On its part, State Government had sent a detailed project report for widening and strengthening a fresh 186-km stretch of roads under different stretches of NH-75, NH-23, NH-114 and NH-133 that criss-crosses different districts of the state.

The state government has also requested inclusion of major district roads in national highways network, including Chatra-Itkhori, Khunti-Karra-Bero, Hatgamharia-Baraiburu, Manoharpur-Anandpur-Kolebira stretches.
The state road construction department has begun plugging potholes and even out a rugged 71.8km stretch of NH-33 from Galudih, 25km from Jamshedpur, to Baharagora close to the Bengal border earlier this month with an investment of more than Rs 70 crore.

Principal secretary (road construction) Rajbala Verma informed that two Jamshedpur-based firms – M/s KK Builders Private Limited and M/s Triveni Engicons Private Limited – had been roped in for the highway job that holds out the promise of fewer accidents.

Funds sanctioned by Union surface road transport ministry would also be used in the road repair work.
Roads reflect the health of the State, and most of the National Highways in the State are in a pathetic condition, thanks to the Centre apathetic attitude.

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) – the associated office with the Union Ministry for the development of highways in the State has ordered construction and development of four sections of NH in the State.

Officials of NHAI said at present we are upgrading the highways to four-lane from Barhi-Hazaribagh, Hazaribagh-Ranchi (NH-33), Ranchi-Jamshedpur (NH-33) and Jamshedpur-Kharagpur (NH-32) on Build-Operate-Transfer basis.

Jharkhand has a total length of 1,805 km of National Highways passing through it, while that State had sent a proposal for widening and repair of NH-33, 75, 32 and 23.

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