The 812-metre long Bank Mor flyover, that connects Dhanbad town with other parts of the district, will be renovated after an inspection by a team of engineers from the state road construction department next month. A proposal was sent to the road construction department headquarters in Ranchi to renovate the flyover earlier this month. Work will resume after the inspection. The flyover, built way back in 1970, will be repaired in phases.
More than 2,000 vehicles pass through the flyover every 10 minutes, a report stated. In March 2015, the flyover was repaired as part of a Rs 11-crore project of National Highways Authority of India to mend a 17km stretch of NH-32 from Kapuria to the district board office in Dhanbad.
A nine-inch thick bituminous layer on the surface of the flyover was scraped off and a thin bituminous layer was laid after filling up the potholes. Mastic asphalt was used on both ends of the flyover to cope with the problem of frequent damage due to water-logging.
After remaining in good condition for four years, the flyover started to develop potholes and cracks again. The condition of some of the pillars, including the one situated near Bhuli Mor, is not good. A major accident may take place if immediate measures are not taken to repair the flyover, which is used by more than 2 lakh vehicles daily. It was also demanded the construction of an underpass near Gaya bridge at the end of Bank Mor flyover near Rangatand and a new bridge to ease the traffic load.
A Rs 256-crore proposal to construct a 3.5km flyover from Matkuria to Birsa Chowk in Nawadih has already been prepared by Dhanbad Municipal Corporation. Heavy vehicles coming to Dhanbad from Katras, Pukti and Kendua can be diverted through Matkuria flyover, which will decrease the traffic load on the Bank Mor flyover.