The 14-kilometer long stretch of the old NH-33, running from Korea Valley in Kuju to Patel Chowk in Ramgarh town, Jharkhand, is set to be transformed into a four-lane superhighway at a cost of Rs 277 crore. This cost will cover the construction of new bridges and the replacement of old electricity supply lines, as well as compensation for the acquisition of land and buildings along the highway.
As the Ranchi-Patna old NH-33 passes through the garrison town of Ramgarh, the NHAI has planned to build a four-lane bypass while converting NH-33 into a four-lane highway, which will be situated approximately 5 km east of Ramgarh town. However, the old NH-33 will continue to be a two-lane road.
To facilitate the road expansion, several multi-storey commercial buildings along the old stretch will need to be demolished. The state government has already begun the process of converting the 14km-long road into a four-lane highway, and the project has received technical sanction, with a detailed project report being prepared and submitted for cabinet approval.
According to the Executive Engineer of the department in Ramgarh, Rajiv Ranjan Munda, the 14km stretch will be a superhighway that runs parallel to the new NH-33 bypass. The authority will also rebuild old bridges between Korea Valley in Kuju and Patel Chowk in Ramgarh, replace old electric poles with newer ones, and upgrade the utilities along the four-lane highway.