Jamshedpur, Oct 14: Several residents of Mango led by BJP leader Vikas Singh took out a padyatra from Dimna Chowk on Wednesday morning. They staged a protest demanding immediate repair on damaged stretches of NH-33.
A delegation of the residents later met the East Singbhum deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar and handed over the latter a memorandum highlighting the plight of commuters due to the plight of NH-33, considered the lifeline of the state.
“The condition of the highway in the 10 Km stretch between Pardih and Baliguma has reduced from bad to worse. The potholes and damaged highway often invites road mishaps. We have requested the deputy commissioner to take up the issue with authorities of NHAI and get the repair work done or else we will intensify agitation, ” said Singh.
He also threatened to undertake a march with Mango residents, who are the worst affected to the Raj Bhawan in Ranchi after Durga Puja.
Moreover, NH 33 that connects the city with the rest of the country is slowly becoming an accident zone. In the rainy season several mishaps have been reported. The people are facing problems due to the poor condition of the highway.
“I had to urgently return to the city for my official work but due to mishap I got delayed. It was really pathetic to see long serpentine vehicles struck on National Highway. Surprisingly the four kilometers stretch between Jamshedpur to Ranchi with the advent of monsoon has developed craters and potholes. There is a heavy flow of traffic in the route since it is an NH. However, the authorities are yet to take any steps,” said a part worker.
He said that for the users of this road, it is an ordeal every day – dust, potholes, and lack of adequate space for pedestrians, buses and four-wheelers.
Concerned over the plight of NH 33 and 32 in Singhbhum, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, largest trade body in Kolhan recently also wrote to Nitin Gadkari , Union Minister for Road Transport Highway and Shipping to take immediate steps to start repair work of the NH 33.
A lorry driver who makes at least 10 trips on this stretch a month, said even drivers of heavy vehicles like his find it challenging to negotiate the stretch. Broken axles and suspension systems have been the common complaints from drivers and owners of heavy vehicles even as toppling of lorries was a regular phenomenon, he said. The bitumen surface on the ghat stretch has almost worn out and craters have surfaced on the road. Heavy vehicles and commercial vans usually develop broken axles and damage to the wheelbase due to the craters on the road.