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Fly at one go, twice over

Facilities to ease traffic flow

Bhubaneswar, April 24: Two flyovers — one at Vani Vihar and another at Acharya Vihar on National Highway-5 — were today thrown open to the public without much fanfare as the model code of conduct for polls remains in force.

Constructed for Rs 40 crore by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the two flyovers have a combined length of 1.8km. The flyovers will also link the overbridge at Jayadev Vihar.

The construction of nine flyovers proposed between Chandikhole and Bhubaneswar on NH-5 started in December 2011. Out of these, Bhubaneswar was proposed to have five flyovers at Rasulgarh Square, Vani Vihar, Acharya Vihar, CRPF Square and Fire Station Square.

An official of the NHAI said that the movement of vehicular traffic in the city would ease after completion of all the flyovers.

“Construction of flyovers at CRPF Square and Fire Station Square are likely to be completed by May,” said regional officer, NHAI, Odisha, L.P. Padhy.

According to the plan, heavy and other vehicles passing through Bhubaneswar need not enter the city.

A vehicle coming from the Cuttack side will negotiate seven flyovers, including the two at Jayadev Vihar and Baramunda, to cross the city, thus easing traffic inside in Bhubaneswar.

Officials of the NHAI are also on the job to ensure that the new flyovers have connecting roads.

The present design of both the newly launched flyovers do not allow any passengers to move away diagonally from the flyovers.

“I took the flyover starting from Satsang Vihar and was forced to travel all along to the end of Jayadev Vihar flyover. The authorities should come up with connecting roads from the flyovers so that commuters can easily enter the city through various points,” said Ashok Senapati, a commuter.

Residents have been demanding opening of both the flyovers as the construction was over a fortnight ago.

“We have been apprehending that both the flyovers would be thrown open to public after formal inauguration. In that case the flyovers would have become accessible after a month as the model code of conduct is in force for the general election. Thankfully, the authorities have inaugurated the flyovers,” said Jeevan Das, a city resident.

However, passenger buses will not use the flyovers and continue to take their usual route.

Police, however, said both the flyovers had been opened for public use on a trial basis.

“We would observe the traffic flow on the flyovers and necessary changes would be made accordingly in consultation with NHAI officials,” said assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Binod Das.

The police also made it clear that the restriction imposed on the movement of heavy vehicles into the city during peak hours would remain in force though both the flyovers were opened for public use.

At present, no heavy vehicles are permitted to ply in the city from 6am to 10pm.