Urban Development Minister CP Singh on Sunday inaugurated a 69 meter Road Over Bridge (ROB) connecting Namkum and Tatisilwai. The ROB is expected to ease the traffic in the area as around 2 lakh passenger and goods trains cross the manned railway crossings here, causing long traffic jams.
The ROB was made with an investment of Rs.33.04 crores. The State Government invested Rs.14.83 crore in the project while the Centre invested the remaining Rs.15.19 crore. It took around two and a half years to complete the construction of the bridge, a press handout from the Ranchi Railways said. Not only will the road ease the traffic, but also provide better connectivity to the neighbouring villages such as Aara, Mahilong, Badam, Haratu, Barkumba, Horhab and Tatsilavai. The ROB will also help in smooth plying of school buses, ambulances and other heavy vehicles.
“The ROB is a result of joint efforts of the Centre and the State. It is an example of how development works get expedited under double engine Governments,” said Singh.
The area where the ROB has been made witnessed traffic congestion especially during the school timings. School buses often got stuck in traffic jams caused due to movement of trains. Former Chairperson of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), Arti Kujur said that the ROB will also help in protecting children from accidents and stress caused by the traffic jams.
“The bridge will bring relief for children, who had to suffer due to traffic jams. It will also keep them safe as crossing the railway crossing can prove to be extremely dangerous for children,” Kujur said.
On this occasion, Divisional Railway Manager Neeraj Ambastha, Additional Divisional Railway Manager Ajit Singh Yadav, Senior Divisional Engineer (Coordination) Amit Kanchan, Senior Divisional Operations Manager cum Chief Public Relations Officer Neeraj Kumar, Deputy Chief Engineer Construction Raghavendra Saraswat, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Avnish and other officers and employees of the South Eastern Railways were also present.