A traffic constable mans Tata-Kandra Road on Friday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
If the past two days were any indicator, Tata-Kandra Road is on its way to become a safe stretch.
The 15-kilometre four-lane road has not witnessed a single accident since Wednesday after Seraikela-Kharsawan district deputed 18 traffic constables and a sub-inspector in densely populated Adityapur and Gamharia marketplace to regulate traffic.
More measures have been lined up to streamline vehicular flow on the artery linking the steel city with the industrial hub of Aditaypur.
Ever since the four-lane was inaugurated on December 31, over 75 mishaps have taken place. Of these, 11 were fatal. Seven victims were crippled.
“We need a full-fledged traffic police station either in Adityapur or Gamharia for effectively managing vehicles on Tata-Kandra Road. But as we have already sent such a proposal to the state home department and it will take some time to get approval, we decided to try out some stopgap measures. We used whatever human resources available with us to man the four-lane, which was increasingly getting accident-prone,” district SP Indrajit Mahthe said.
He added that in an ideal situation, around 40 constables and at least two officers ought to be deputed.
The newly posted traffic policemen are not only keeping an eye on vehicles, but also conducting helmet drives and checking rash driving.
“Once we have more men at our disposal, we will slap penalty on speeding and drunk drivers under the Motor Vehicles Act,” Mahthe said.
Over 1.5 lakh vehicles, including trucks, trailers, four-, three- and two-wheelers, ply on Tata-Kandra Road every day. The heavy vehicles often take the wrong lane in the absence of any police vigil to reach their destinations fast, inviting mishaps.
“Earlier, I was scared to travel via Tata-Kandra Road. When I did take it, I was extra careful and was always on the lookout for heavy vehicles coming from the opposite direction on the one-way road. That fear has gone now after the deployment of traffic personnel,” said Satrughna Tiwary, a resident Adityapur Colony.