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Chaos at varsity square

Though the flyover near Utkal University Square has ensured smooth flow of heavy vehicles on NH-5, it causes hardships to commuters taking the roads under it and especially those entering the university and coming out of VSS Nagar. The Telegraph takes a look at the ground realities

Rama Devi Women’s College end

Traffic coming from Rama Devi Women’s College end gets diverted to VSS Nagar, Acharya Vihar and Utkal University. But as a temporary barricaded road from VSS Nagar-end also opens under the flyover, it creates confusion for vehicles moving under the flyover. As the city traffic intensifies during morning and evening rush hours, traffic cops find it tough to manage them. Students of the university, pedestrians and those walking from the Rama Devi Women’s College end to Utkal University and passengers alighting from and boarding long route buses face decibel problems as almost every vehicle honks in the flyover zone

Near Utkal University gate

Confusion persists near the university gate as vehicles coming from the flyover-end move in the wrong direction towards the campus. “Traffic cops and state government should discuss this with the NHAI as the absence of an underpass compels commuters to use the wrong way,” said Liza Sahoo, a post-graduate student.

Traffic cops are equally confused. “We know that the pedestrian way will be opened shortly, but as far as the underpass is concerned, we have no idea,” said a senior traffic cop

Utkal University end

Students and faculty members coming out of the university with vehicles or two-wheelers have problem in moving to the other side, but pedestrians are suffering a lot as a path dedicated for them near the university gate is yet to become operational.

“The under construction pedestrian path that starts from the university end and opens near the Sani temple on the other side has an elevation. Physically challenged students will face problems to cross the service road that starts from Acharya Vihar and ends near the Vani Vihar Square,” said Prakash Tripathy, a former student, who frequents the campus regularly

VSS Nagar end

People from VSS Nagar, Ayakar Bhavan and Postal Colony take this path that has a temporary barricaded stretch for safe exit. “The provision of underpass was there, but its construction was taking time as a portion at the Saheed Nagar-end is encroached by a slum. Once the area is cleared, the NHAI will construct the underpass and connect road,” an official of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation said.


Traffic cops are also hopeful that once the underpass starts functioning, the temporary road will be closed. The temporary barricaded road, in also the cause of mishaps as the end near the flyover confuses vehicles coming from the other side.

Last year, we lost one of our friends in a road accident near our college that is nearly 400 metres from Utkal University flyover. The mess here always reminds me of the mishap and I am scared that anything can happen over here anytime Jijnasini Prusty BSc computer science, Rama Devi Women’s College

Traffic cops should have a post under the flyover. They should treat it as a square and only then can they manage the flow efficiently Dev Shakti Swain BTech (civil), KIIT University
Chaotic traffic flow needs immediate intervention near the NH flyover Bijay Nayak private company employee

The side lane developed to give passage to the people from VSS Nagar is causing a lot many mishaps here Manoj Kumar Sahu bus ticket counter owner

The NHAI is constructing an underpass for people of VSS Nagar in front of the telephone training institute. Two pedestrian ways near the Ayakar Bhavan and Utkal University gate will also try to ease flow Debashish Mallick traffic inspector

Text by Bibhuti Barik and pictures by Ashwinee Pati