Modi lays the foundation for elevated road in the city | Ranchi News

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RANCHI: Commuters facing a harrowing time as they navigate the congested streets Kutchery-Piska road can breathe a sigh of relief, because in two years an elevated road is to be built there. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the elevated road corridor project – a first in Jharkhand – away from Deoghar on the sidelines of the temple city’s airport inauguration ceremony.
The 3.6 km stretch in the heart of town is lined with grocery stores, clothing stores and offices and is one of the busiest commercial centers in Ranchi. On average, 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles use the road that connects to NH-23 every day. Aside from using the route for their daily commute, people often take this road to get to Gumla and Daltonganj districts instead of taking the longer route via the ring road. Needless to say, the entire route is packed throughout the day, even late in the evening when heavy vehicles pass through the area. However, the elevated road is expected to relieve the route and ensure a smooth ride for commuters.
“The 3.6 km Kutchery to Piska More elevated road via Ratu Road will be built as four lanes on individual piers. Under the elevated road, we will also expand the existing road to four lanes. The selected agency will start work on July 15 (designated date) and will need to complete the work over the next two years,” said the Chief General Manager and Regional Officer of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), said SK Mishra.
A Haryana-based construction company, KCC Construction Pvt Ltd, was hired for the project.
“The USP of this project is that it requires minimal land acquisition, which otherwise tends to hamper or delay such projects,” added Mishra.
The project is valued at Rs 534 crore.
“Several plans were made in the past to relieve the Ratu-Piska More line, but something came up and the plans never came to fruition. Over the past year we’ve worked hard to get the plan through and after some technical feasibility studies, NHAI finally gave the go-ahead,” Mishra said.
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