The railings installed on Bistupur Main Road on Sunday. (Animesh Sengupta)
When one door closes, another opens. East Singhbhum traffic police seem to believe this firmly. For, they have closed two openings on the busy Bistupur Main Road to streamline vehicular movement along the artery.
Commuters, who took U-turn from either near the Hero Honda showroom or Ram Mandir for going towards Sonari, Sakchi and Kadma, will have to cover an extra distance of about 200 metres before they can take a U-turn from near Voltas Building.
Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Rakesh Mohan Sinha said they had closed the two breaches near Ram Mandir and the automobile showroom because these were too close to each other.
As of now, the two openings have been barricaded by iron fences. But, police will soon request Jusco to raise concrete dividers so that they are not used again.
“Initially, commuters will face some difficulty, but once they get accustomed to the new system, they will definitely appreciate the move,” hoped Sinha.
But, members of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) have already poured water on Sinha’s hopes. They have raised strong objections to the move before the district administration. An SCCI delegation, led by its president Suresh Sonthalia, also met deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal on Saturday in protest.
Sonthalia said Kaushal along with additional deputy magistrate (law and order) Ajit Shankar and additional deputy commissioner Ganesh Kumar gave them a patient hearing.
“The deputy commissioner instructed Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer Prem Ranjan to visit Bistupur Main Road once and submit a report on whether people were being inconvenienced by the barricades,” Sonthalia said.
Substantiating their disapproval, he added, “People from the station end are now forced to take a detour of about half-a-kilometre to reach Ram Mandir. Moreover, this has also put extra vehicular burden near Voltas Building.”
The SCCI president suggested that the breaches near the showroom be widened to ease congestion and streamline vehicular movement.