Cable-stayed bridge: 48-hours ultimatum for vacating government land in Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur, July 15 : District administration has given 48-hour time to owners of 38 houses for vacating their places for paving the way for ambitious cable-stayed bridge in Govindpur.

Executive engineer,RCD’s 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 today apprised the residents at Anna Chowk in Govindpur through public announcement system for vacating their houses within the next two days.

The ambitious project of state road construction department (RCD) cable-stayed bridge at the Govindpur locality of the city has started progressing with commencement of work. The cable-stayed bridge is being set up keeping in view of rising rush of movement of heavy vehicles from the industrial hub Govindpur.

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 private agency which is engaged to carry out sub-soil exploration at the proposed cable-stayed bridge site is boring and digging earth as deep as 30 metres and the digging so much is to test the strength of the soil.

“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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