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Truck curbs a boon

Traffic in Jamshedpur was a breeze through the day on Tuesday, thanks to the district administration’s restrictions on the entry of heavy vehicles from 6am to 10 pm.

According to a directive issued jointly by East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, SSP Amol V. Homkar and deputy superintendent of police (traffic) R. M Sinha on Monday, the restrictions on trucks and other large carriers would remain in force on a pilot basis till August 16.

“The decision was taken after residents, particularly those of Mango, expressed their apprehensions about the plying of heavy vehicles, especially on Mango bridge, during peak hours between 9am and 5pm,” said DSP (traffic) Sinha, adding they had done this keeping in mind the holy month of Shravan, Id festivities and the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations.

Earlier, the no-entry curbs on heavy vehicles were in three timeslots: between 6am and 9am, keeping in mind school hours, 12 noon and 2.30pm and 5pm and 10.30 pm.

The DSP revealed that the administration could continue with the new no-entry restrictions on heavy vehicles if the people of the city wanted it.

“Today (Tuesday) we could drive on busy roads like Straight Mile Road, Mango Bridge, Bhuiyandih Main Road without fear of those speeding heavy vehicles. However, the real success of the new no-entry curbs will be gauged tomorrow (Wednesday) when schools, offices and other public establishments will reopen after Id-ul-Fitr festivities,” said Rakesh Singh, a Tata Steel employee.

Special traffic police have been deployed throughout the city with instructions to direct heavy vehicles to adhere to the new no-entry timings.

“Heavy vehicles will be parked at entry points to the city till the no-entry timing is in force. The entry points include Dimna and Pardih check-posts on NH-33, Sundernagar on Tata-Hata-Chaibasa state highway and Adityapur toll bridge on Tata-Kandra road.

Violation of the no-entry curbs would attract a fine of Rs 2,000 per vehicle as per the Motor Vehicles Act.


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