Jamshedpur, Nov. 17: Domuhani bridge over Subernarekha linking Sonari in the city to Dobo at Chandilat Seraikela-Kharsawan district is expected to be operational by December 31.
According to information the road construction department’s (RCD) Jamshedpur division has started constructing a roundabout on the Marine Drive to ensure smooth movement of vehicles, the RCD’s Seraikela division has sped up the pace of construction work of the approach road from Dobo to Kanderbera.
Executive engineer, RCD, Jamshedpur division, Sanjay Kumar Singh said the roundabout is being set up about 100 metres away from the bridge’s Sonari end toward Domuhani.
“The Kolkata-based construction firm M/s Royal Infratech Private Limited, which has constructed the bridge is also constructing the roundabout. The roundabout will be completed in one month,” said Singh.
The executive engineer, RCD, said once the Domuhanibridge is complete and once the construction of the roundabout on Marine Drive is completed, and the approach road from Dobo to Kanderbera completed on the other side of the bridge, vehicular movement through the new bridge will start by December end.
The new bridge in river Subernarekha linking Sonari with Dobo in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district is being set up at a cost of Rs 41 crores. The foundation stone for the ambitious project was laid by chief minister Raghubar Das on March 13, leading the Kolkata-based construction agency, Royal InfratechPvt Ltd to go ahead with the construction work.
The project assumes significance as the commissioning of the bridge by December 2017 would reduce to load of heavy traffic on city roads and in the process reduce traffic congestion and road mishaps on city arteries and also reduce travel time from Jamshedpur to Ranchi by nearly 40 minutes.
The 252-meter long four-lane bridge (dual-carriageway) with each carriageway of nearly 8.5 meters and pedestrian pathway on each flanks of 1.5 meters will have the Sonari side of the proposed bridge reaching out to SwarnVihar and the Chandil side will connect to a village called Dobo. From Dobo, an approach road (nearly 6 km) will be constructed which would will lead to Kanderbera(near Chandil) and then meet NH-33.
Once the bridge gets operational, the distance between Chandil from Jamshedpur will reduce by about 30 kms as the commuters will not have to go to Chandil — the route for going to Ranchi — via Dimna Chowk. About 10,000 vehicles, including trucks, trailers and car move toward Chandil from Jamshedpur via Dimna Chowk on the NH-33 for the destination like Chandil, Chowka and Ranchi beside other places in Bihar.