Commuters could soon enjoy snarl-free thoroughfares if the plan of the district administration to construct four flyovers in the town sees the light of day.
At present, motorists have to negotiate snarls in the Saraiyaganj, Akhara Ghat, Maripur and Mithanpura areas of the town at all times of the day. As a remedy to the problem, Muzaffarpur Municipal Corporation has suggested alternatives like constructing flyovers to ease the pressure of vehicles at these traffic bottlenecks.
“We have conducted a survey at different parts of the town to find a solution for the acute traffic problems,” said deputy mayor Majid Hussain.
He added: “The district administration has also been requested to assist in executing plans to mitigate the traffic problems as well as carry out beautification projects.”
District magistrate Anupam Kumar said the district administration is seriously considering the plan to construct the flyovers.
“We shall soon conduct spot inspection of traffic along the busiest road along with police officers and corporation authorities,” he said, adding that the officials of the road construction department would also accom- pany him to identify places where they could construct parking spaces.
The district magistrate said: “The broken roads would be repaired and streetlights installed. Roundabouts would be beautified. The public works department would also be roped in to construct roads.”
He added that he has set a deadline of 120 days for the project and the tenders would be issued soon to hire contractors for the works.
“I shall personally monitor the proposed construction of the roads. The encroachments would be removed and vendors and shopkeepers would be provided an alternative space for conducting business,” said Anupam.
The urban development department has already sanctioned Rs 1.25 crore for the project.
Sources said the corporation has taken up the projects on the request of traders and residents of the town who are the worst sufferers of the snarls.
Kailashnath Bhartiya, president, North Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NBCCI), said: “Construction of flyovers and removal of encroachment on both sides of thoroughfares is essential to ensure smooth flow of traffic.”
The NBCCI has also requested the district magistrate, Anupam Kumar, and other corporation officials to address the problems immediately.
Senior superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar said encroachment was the biggest hurdle for smooth movement of traffic.
“The number of constables on traffic duty has been increased. Besides, homeguard personnel have also been deployed to regulate the traffic. But there is a paucity of trained traffic policemen. Also, encroachment on both sides of busy thoroughfares has complicated the problem,” he added.