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No-entry ease brings snarls

Traffic blues have returned to haunt Jamshedpur commuters with the district administration partially relaxing the no-entry restrictions on heavy vehicles.

From Monday onward, heavy vehicles are being allowed to ply within the city from 2.30pm to 5pm.

The East Singhbhum district administration had imposed a no-entry restriction on heavy vehicles from 6am to 10pm on July 29 in view of the rise in road mishaps and traffic congestion. The curb was supposed to be in place till August 16.

However, ever since the implementation of the restriction, a series of delegations of truck owners and corporate groups met deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal to registered their gripe.

After discussing with corporate groups and surveying roads, the district administration issued a directive on Saturday, lifting the curb between 2.30pm and 5pm.

ďIt is back to square one. I had thought of making a trip to home during lunch hours, expecting the traffic curb on heavy vehicles to be in place. But, the site of a long queue of vehicles on Mango bridge was a big turn off and I scrapped my plans,Ē said Shaibal Ghosh, a resident of Post Office Road who works in a bank in Sakchi.

Not only commuters, drivers of public vehicles are also ruing the relaxation.

Kaushal said it was the best possible solution in an industrial town with the existing infrastructure. He argued that during this time most of the schools are closed and the offices have lunch break and thus plying of heavy vehicles would not affect much.

ďWe are monitoring the situation and will do whatever is needed to streamline traffic with the available infrastructure,Ē he added.

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