50 houses razed in Jamshedpur for construction of cable-stayed bridge

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Anti-encroachment drive to continue today

Jamshedpur, July 18: After giving 48-hour time to owners of 38 houses for vacating their places for paving the way for ambitious cable-stayed bridge in Govindpur, the administration started demolishing the houses.

District administration demolished extended structures of as many as 50 houses out of 68 houses while carrying out anti-encroachment drive at the adjoining Anna Chowk to be carried out tomorrow.

The anti-demolition team which was comprised circle officer, Jamshedpur, officials of Jamshedpur Notified Area committee (JNAC), road construction department (RCD) from the police department, postponed the work of razing the 38 houses, including thatched ones keeping in view of the predicament of the owners of these unauthorised houses. 

“As per our announcement we started the process today. We had planned to clear the encroachment by razing 38 houses from Anna Chowk for the proposed cable-stayed bridge today.  But as owners of all these houses were willing to leave their house unopposed, we granted them 24 hours time for vacating their houses on their own,” said circle officer, Jamshedpur, Anurag Tripathy.

In all five excavators and dumpers were pressed in service for demolishing the extended portion of the 68 houses state housing board. As there was some resistance from the owners of these house, the demolition work was carried out at a slow pace.

The anti-encroachment drive began from 8 am today and continued till 5 pm.

An official of the JNAC pointed out that they would resume the work from 8 am tomorrow and the work of demolishing of the remaining over 35 houses’ extended portion will be carried out side by side work of razing the 38 houses at the Anna Chowk.

Executive engineer, Road Construction Department Jamshedpur division, N Sahay said that they have already signed a contract with Singla Construction for setting up the cable stayed bridge over Hudco lake in Govindpur.

The executive engineer said owners of all the 38 houses set up unauthorisedly on government land had been ordered by the district administration two months ago for vacating the land.  But as the house owners have not paid heed to the administration’s request, it will have to vacate the land forcefully.

A team of administrative officers, led by circle officer, Jamshedpur block, Anurag Tripathy had apprised the residents at Anna Chowk in Govindpur through public announcement system for vacating their houses within the next two days.

 The bridge is being set up at a cost of Rs 138 crores by state road construction department (RCD). The bridge will be in association with SP Singla Construction Pvt Ltd. The spade-work for this ambitious project has begun in the form of sub-soil exploration work by another private agency. This four-lane elevated corridor with cable-stayed bridge with approach road starting from Anna Chowk of Govindpur will connect to NH-33 at Pipla.

According to experts a cable-stayed bridge has one or more towers to support the bridge deck using the cables, basically cable-stayed bridges are longer than cantilever bridges and shorter than suspension bridge. The construction agency has been asked to set up the bridge and make the design on its own and the RCD has to just given its nod having checked the design.  It was, therefore, necessary to get a sub-soil exploration work done before the contract firm, Singla Construction begins the work.

 “The cable-stayed bridge will be 220 metre long with approach on either side of it.  But the construction company may resort to certain changes in the final design of the bridge, which is to completed in 30- month time,” said an official posted at the RCD’s Jamshedpur division.

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