The traffic department has decided to fix a speed limit between Konar bridge and Sindur on the accident-prone NH-33 that passes through Hazaribagh town to avoid loss of life and to streamline vehicular movement.
Town traffic in-charge R.S. Mishra said the speed of vehicles would be restricted to 20km/hour on this 10km stretch that passes through the busiest District More Chowk in the town.
According to sources, the traffic police, the road construction department and civic body officials conducted a joint survey of all busy roads in the town last week and decided to take a host of measures for safety of commuters.
However, the main emphasise is on the Konar-Sindur stretch that witnesses on an average 25-30 accidents per month, claiming at least three-four lives and injuring another 30-35. Several important establishments like Home Guard training centre and the headquarters of 32 battalion of CRPF, Vinoba Bhave University, St. Xavier’s School, Mount Carmel School and St. Columba’s College dot the stretch. These apart, several petrol pumps, vehicle showrooms, restaurants et al have come up along the NH-33.
“Many school and college students came under the wheels of vehicles on this stretch in the past,” said a senior traffic officer.
To minimise the chances of accident, the administration is now going to slam on the brakes. Apart from the speed restriction, the traffic department will also use radium stickers along the highway to indicate curves and improve visibility.
Mishra said they would place a speed machine at the district more to crackdown on the violators. “Anyone crossing the speed limit will be finned,” he added.
“All these measures will be implemented within four weeks,” Mishra claimed.
Mishra further said they would also put up information boards, highlighting the speed limit and the fines, at various points.
Moreover, the administration has divided the other roads in the town in four zones on the basis of volume of the traffic. A number of steps are being taken to decongest those roads too. While zebra crossing will be marked at major thoroughfares, stretches passing by schools and colleges will be declared no-horn zones.
Vice chairman of Hazaribagh municipal board Anand Deo, who was also present during the joint survey last week, said the administration was taking steps but commuters should also co-operate and follow the rules.