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Flyover plan in mishap zone
Height barrier to stop heavy vehicles

Police chief RP Sharma

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 2: Police have moved the National Highways Authority of India to build a flyover between Kolathia Square and Khandagiri Square to ease traffic burden on the stretch in the aftermath of yesterday’s accident, which claimed three lives.

“We have proposed to the highways authority with strong recommendations to come up with a flyover between Khandagiri and Kolathia to ease the traffic burden. Though the entry of heavy vehicles have been restricted down the Khandagiri hills, we will set up two height barriers to prevent plying of heavy vehicles,” said police commissioner R.P. Sharma.

The police have also decided that tourist buses will also not use the slope at Khandagiri. The cops will also inspect the condition of various approach roads adjacent to Khandagiri Square and ask the government agencies concerned to complete construction of the service roads at the earliest.

The police commissioner today held a meeting with officials of the works department and representatives of the resident welfare committees of Khandagiri to initiate precautionary measures to ease traffic congestion at Khandagiri Square.

On the other hand, local residents alleged that police inaction in imposing restrictions on heavy vehicles had made the traffic square accident-prone.

“We have been witnessing frequent accidents at the square. Though the entry of heavy vehicles is restricted, the police have not yet been able to enforce the restriction,” alleged local resident Sourav Pradhan.

“We will make functional the four-lane semi-circular road originating from Kolathia Square to Tapoban High School through Jaydev Vatika. Similarly, two height barriers will be set up from both the entry points to the twin hills to prevent entry of heavy vehicles,” said chief engineer of roads B.C. Pradhan.

In March 2011, the tourism department had planned to close the 500-metre stretch thoroughfare running between the twin hills. The department had also planned to put up gates at the beginning and end points of the road to prevent entry of the vehicles. But, the plan is yet to be executed.

“Despite our frequent advice to close the road to prevent the entry of vehicles, nothing has been done so far. Vehicular movement on the road not only poses threat to the monuments, but also becomes a life threat to commuters plying on the stretch,” said former superintendent of state archaeology B.K. Rath.

In another development, the police during investigation found the registration number of the killer tipper was fake. Regional Transport Office said the verification of the number plate revealed that the number was fake and belonged to a taxi.

The RTO officials are also planning to crackdown on heavy vehicles operating without valid fitness and permit, said regional transport officer Lal Mohan Sethy.

WHAT AILS TRAFFIC SQUARES

Sunday night's accident at the Khandagiri traffic square in which a truck rammed into several vehicles and killed three people has created a flutter both in the Assembly and outside. While the police commissioner called for a meeting of the authorities responsible for road construction and other civil activities affecting vehicular traffic, one of the legislators from the city raised the issue and demanded construction of a flyover bridge at this traffic square. In the first of its two-series report, The Telegraph looks into various factors that cause frequent accidents at traffic squares located on the National Highway-5 passing through the city

KHANDAGIRI SQUARE

The road connecting Pokhariput to Kalinga Studio via the Khandagiri-Udayagiri hills crosses National Highway-5 at this intersection. Flow of tourist vehicles to the twin hills keeps the square busy. A shopping mall and a school located near the traffic square adds to the buzz. Traffic personnel man this square from 6am till 10.30pm
No. of cops deployed: Two traffic constables, one havildar and one homeguard for each shift. Traffic personnel are deployed in two shifts

Condition of traffic light: Commissionerate police and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation are planning to upgrade light posts with video surveillance system, but at present the traffic lights are non-functional

Condition of streetlight: There are streetlights on the median and a high mast light to illuminate square

Daily vehicular count: Around 80,000 vehicles negotiate the square everyday

The problem: While the road coming from the twin hills of Khandagiri-Udayagiri is a stiff slope, the road from Pokhariput is awkwardly connected to the square. Besides, there is heavy vehicular movement on service roads running parallel to the national highway and they add to the problem at the traffic square

TT suggests: The authorities should use barricades to separate the service roads and avoid traffic confusion. Besides, the police should install barriers on either side of the twin hills to prevent heavy vehicles from accessing the square. The authorities should give a thought to the demand for a flyover at the square

FIRE STATION SQUARE

The road connecting Bharatpur and Ekamra Kanan to Siripur passes through this traffic square located on the National Highway-5. The square links Baramunda, Jagannath Vihar, Bharatpur, Chandaka and other areas with the city. Traffic cops are deployed here from 6am till 10.30pm

No. of cops deployed: Two traffic constable, one havildar, one homeguard and two traffic marshal manage the square in two shifts

Condition of traffic light: There are no traffic lights as flyover construction is on
Condition of streetlight: None on either sides of the road. Though there is one high mast light on one side, it doesn't work at times

Daily vehicular count: Around 80,000 vehicles pass through this traffic square daily
The problem: Construction of flyover bridge on since December 2011. Narrow service roads on both sides and poor conditions of arterial roads at the intersection choke the square. Auto-rickshaws and buses compound the problem by picking up passengers and parking at the square

TT suggests: Problem to persist till flyover job is complete, but there should be more cops to handle vehicular movement. There should be proper routes for vehicles that negotiate the square. Lights should be installed to illuminate the spot

CRP SQUARE

The public works department road connecting Ekamra Kanan and Unit-VIII crosses the NH at this traffic square. On one side there is CRPF campus, IRC Village and Nayapalli where many VIPs reside, on the other side Nilakatha Nagar, Stewart School, DAV Public School and government offices. Besides, footfall is high at the Priyadarshini market

No. of cops deployed: Eight traffic policemen and four traffic marshals deployed in two shifts

Condition of traffic light: There are no traffic lights as flyover construction is on
Condition of streetlight: None on either side of PWD road. There are no high mast lights at the square and motorists face problem during night

Daily vehicular count: Around 80,000 vehicles cross the square everyday

The problem: Construction of flyover is affecting vehicular flow. The underpass adds to the confusion. Absence of streetlights increases the possibility of accidents in the evening and night. Auto-rickshaw and buses parking and picking up passengers adds to the mess

TT suggests: Normality will return once flyover is constructed. But the authorities can do their bit by repairing bad roads. Police should act on errant autos and buses. Illuminating the area is a must to avoid mishaps

Text by Sandip Bal, Pictures by Ashwinee Pati