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Tuesday , February 26 , 2013
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Walls to check accidents

No more sharp edges — boundary walls of residential buildings in Tata Steel command areas would have rounded corners, specially those located near blind turns, to minimise risk of accidents.

Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company (Jusco), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Steel, has decided to opt for reshaping of sharp edged walls as a safety measure.

The plan is being given shape as a pilot project on the road opposite Dindli Enclave — an apartment complex for Tata Steel executives — near Sonari areodromme.

Sources in Jusco’s town engineering and planning wing said the stretch was identified for the pilot project as it is a favourite haunt of teenage bikers. “This stretch is notorious for teenage bikers doing stunts on their fancy modified bikes at breakneck speed. Some residents just stop and listen for sounds of the bikes near the blind turns before driving ahead. We have decided to initiate the measure from Punsa Road near Dindli Enclave,” said a source.

The contouring of the walls, which would ensure better visibility, was completed on Saturday.

General manager (business development and corporate services) of Jusco Rituraj Sinha confirmed the developments. “It is part of standardising our services this year. We plan to undertake similar exercises on other blind turns in busy residential localities where apartments have straight walls,” said Sinha.

The Jusco initiative has also received support from the traffic police, with deputy superintendent of police (traffic) R.M. Sinha welcoming the step.

“According to traffic norms, one should always stop, look and only then go at blind turns. But people in the city often tend to ignore such regulations. Though, we have not seen any fatal mishaps at blind turns in the recent past, minor accidents regularly take place. I would suggest this to the subdivisional magistrate during our meetings so that local urban bodies also stipulate such norms while sanctioning building plans in future,” said the DSP.

Some of the blind turns to be taken up by Jusco in the coming months are near the Tata Steel security training centre road connecting with General Office Road (Bistupur), arteries connecting G Town Club (Bistupur) and flats having boundary walls near road corners at Kadma, Bistupur, Sakchi, Baradwari and Baridih.