| Two to three accidents take place every week at this cut-point on Ring Road near Purighat police station in Cuttack. Picture by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack, Feb. 21: Thirty-one-year-old Jitendra Mohanty narrowly escaped a fatal accident on Ring Road near Purighat last month. Jitendra, who was travelling towards Sati Choura, failed to spot a four-wheeler taking a u-turn at the cut-point near Purighat police station.
“I was driving at a speed of 50km per hour when a car suddenly appeared on the road from the Telenga Bazar side. The car was moving towards high court,” said Jitendra.
Not only Jitendra, hundreds of other commuters regularly face similar problems in travelling from one side of Ring Road to the other through the wide opening in front of the Purighat police station.
Traffic regulation experts also felt that the location of the cut-point was not appropriate as it was a “blind curve” that did not give commuters a chance to see vehicles coming from either side of Ring Road.
The problem assumes serious proportions in the evening hours as a lot of commuters use the cut-point from the wrong side. Sources said that at least two to three accidents occurred at the cut-point every week.
The cut-point is crucial not only for the commuters but also for the passage of medha (tabaleux) during the immersion ceremony of Dussehra every year.
All the tabaleux are immersed in Kathajodi river near Debigada after they are brought in processions through the same cut-point in front of the Purighat police station.
Another commuter said that the police should allow the cut-point only for the use of the tableaux during Dussehra and close it down for the remaining time of the year.
“There is already another cut-point near Tarini temple, some 50-metres away from the Purighat police station cut-point. The second opening can be used by commuters to travel towards Telenga Bazar or corporation sides,” said Kedar Sahu, another commuter.
A senior traffic official also admitted that the cut-point near the Purighat police station was improperly located and that it had made the road accident-prone.
“We will initiate steps to ensure that the cut-point remains closed except for the time of the immersion ceremony during Dussehra. However, a final decision regarding this can only be taken after discussing it at various levels,” he said.