| Vehicles cross the street through the cut points on Link Road in Cuttack. Pictures by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack, April 22: Commuting on the Badambadi-Link Road will shortly be a smooth affair as the traffic management committee has decided to close down multiple cut-points along the stretch.
This came after the sub-committee, headed by assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Krushna Samal and other members of the traffic management panel, visited the spot on April 17.
“We have come up with a proposal to close down at least two of the four cut-points from Badamabadi to Madhupatna Square to streamline traffic,” said Samal.
Samal said the cut-point near Palamandap would be closed down while another one near CDA market would be widened to help commuters cross the street.
The move is expected to play a crucial role in minimising road mishaps. Commuters often fall prey to minor accidents while crossing the road using the cut-points between the dividers.
The Telegraph, in a report published on September 19, 2011, had pointed out that the cut-points were posing a threat to the lives of commuters on the busy 2.5-km stretch from Badambadi to Madhupatna Square.
“We welcome the decision to reduce the openings along the busy stretch as at least two to three minor mishaps were reported each day there,” said Sudhansu Das, a commuter.
Das said that though the cut-points were meant only for two-wheelers, buses also used them to cross the road.
Earlier, there were at least 19 openings on the stretch while all the cut-points, except four, remained closed keeping in view the rising number of mishaps.
“The proposal to close down the two cut-points will be placed before the traffic management committee meeting scheduled to be held on April 24,” Samal said.
The sub-panel will also increase height of the barrier on the road divider to check jaywalking.
At present, many pedestrians, instead of using the foot overbridge near Badambadi, to cross the street through the divider.
Police said there was also proposal to establish two bus bays for which plots had been identified at two places near Link Road.
The decision is expected to come to the rescue of the commuters as the operators of various private buses will have to pick and drop passengers from the proposed bays.