DC Prashant Kumar (in black) inspects Gaya Bridge in Dhanbad on Sunday. (Gautam Dey)
A team of district officials stepped out of their cosy offices and took to congested roads of Dhanbad on Sunday to find a viable solution to routine jam sessions.
The 10-member team, led by deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar, started the inspection near the railway station before moving on to JP Chowk near Bank More, and Kenduadih and Godhar.
Sources said that the team — which included senior officials like additional district magistrate (law and order) B.P.L. Das, executive engineer of NHAI Narendra Prasad Sharma, district transport officer Ravi Raj Sharma and DSP (traffic) P.C. Jha — came up with several ideas to ease congestion after their on-spot assessment.
Speaking to The Telegraph later, transport officer Sharma said they had discussed the possibility of creating road dividers on the railway overbridge near Shramik Chowk and near Gaya Bridge to regulate traffic headed towards the station. “We found out that if traffic flow from one side is heavy, it usually has a ripple effect on vehicles and pedestrians coming from the opposite direction, causing snarls,” Sharma said.
Demarcating separate lanes for auto-rickshaws is the other option. “Dhanbad has around 14,000 autos that ply on its roads. Most of them often end up flouting road norms and causing traffic jams. Hence, the separate lanes will help take the pressure off the rest of the road and also ensure that the auto drivers followed rules,” the transport officer said.
He added that they would also install traffic lights near the station to ensure the smooth flow of vehicles.
This apart, deputy commissioner Kumar is also said to have instructed the NHAI executive engineer to fill up all potholes on the stretch near Gaya Bridge.
“The road near Shramik Chowk becomes almost inaccessible due to traffic from 10am to 8pm daily. It is time the administration took some radical steps to de-congest it,” Barmasia-resident Prem Prakash Paswan told The Telegraph.
The team later visited Bank More area, where they said they would consider the possibility of reducing the height of the pedestal of Jay Prakash square and accommodating a traffic booth on it.
“We are also looking at the possibility of shifting the water and drainage pipelines from the left to the right side of Gaya Bridge,” said Narendra Prasad Sharma.
The team members also expressed concern over dumping of garbage near the bridge, which further ate on to the road space. DC Kumar called for regular cleaning of waste from the area and asked additional district magistrate Das, who is also the chief executive officer of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, to look into the matter.
The officials, after assessing the condition of roads in Kenduadih, also instructed the drinking water and sanitation department to repair a leaking water pipe, which they thought was affecting movement of vehicles.