A sorry state of affairs of Chitrabhanu road

Road dug at more than 30 places; yet to be reasphalted

This is the sorry state of affairs of Chitrabhanu road in Kuvempunagar that connects complex road (a sobriquet extracted from MUDA complex junction) to Udayaravi Double road.

The road has been dug at not one but more than 30 places, suffice to say- why it’s not so friendly. It is forcing the vehicular users, be it two-wheeler, three-wheeler or four-wheeler manoeuvre with their foot firm on brake pedal.

Otherwise, it would be near hell experience with the wheels constantly hitting the gap with repeated sound. Adding to the woes is no sight of footpath  forcing the pedestrians to hit roads, albeit with equal care. Sudden downpour is also an issue here, creating deluge at places, forcing the road users to be all eyes especially during dark.

The stretch is the most used during the morning and evening hours from 8 am to 10 am and 6 pm to 8 pm respectively.

From office goers to college students among others who form the chunk of traffic, this road in particular is busy. A post office and a college in the immediate vicinity and shops of types record frequent movement of people.

Thanks to Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company (JUSCO) Ltd., for the road cuts left without reasphalting.

 The company had dug the road as part of the ongoing work on remodelling of water supply network taken up under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM). The work here was launched in August and was completed in the mid of September connecting 2,000 houses in the surroundings. It’s already two months and the road continues to add to civic woes.

When contacted, an officer at JUSCO preferring anonymity told Deccan Herald it requires one month for the soil to settle, before redoing it. However, in this particular case, sudden downpour, coupled by the recent lorry strike has delayed the work. The vendor (who had been given the task of digging and reashphalt) has been apprised of the matter, as it is a part of the contract.

Executive engineer of JnNURM Subbegowda said he will look into the issue at the earliest. While MCC assistant commissioner (Zone three) Govindappa said they have written to the office of JnNURM thrice reminding them about the condition of the stretch after road cuttings.

As is the procedure, the road cuttings have to be reasphalted after the completion of the job, depending on the quality of soil. If not, temporary arrangements have to be made by gravelling the gaps. MCC charges 10 per cent of the total cost estimated for the project as supervision charges.

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