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Monday , February 3 , 2014
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Bistupur free of long detour

One of the two barricades put up to block intersections on Bistupur Main Road in Jamshedpur was removed on Sunday, bringing relief to commuters and shopkeepers of the commercial hub.

The barricade near Ram Mandir was removed after a delegation from Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce (SCCI) met senior superintendent of police Amol V. Homkar on Friday and requested him to clear the blocks, which were put up in August to curb traffic congestion on the thoroughfare.

The delegation argued the barricades caused inconvenience to commuters who had to take a 1.5km detour from near Voltas Building to reach shops or areas on the other side of the road.

SCCI president Suresh Sonthalia thanked SSP Homkar for keeping his word and getting the barricade removed.

“Residents of Bistupur’s South Park area will now find it easier to return home from markets in Bistupur or Sakchi or going to Ram Mandir. Also, commuters from across the city will heave a sigh of relief,” he told The Telegraph.

Vindicating Sonthalia’s comments, commuters, shopkeepers and auto-rickshaw operators said they were delighted.

“This morning, I had to go to Ram Mandir located on the other side of the main road. As I was getting ready, a visitor turned up at my home and informed the barricade had been removed. I heaved a sigh of relief,” said Sudarshan Mittal, a resident of R Road.

He added that visiting the landmark temple had become difficult as he had to ride his two-wheeler all the way around the roundabout near Voltas Building. “But from today onwards, I would be able to reach the temple without hassles,” he said.

Auto-rickshaw operator Venkat Rao was equally pleased. “The block created problem in lifting passengers. This apart, they had to cough up more fare because of the detour of over a kilometre,” said Rao.

SSP Homkar said the block was removed after the meeting with SCCI members. “We will review the benefit of the other ones shortly and take necessary steps,” said Homkar.

Notably, Jusco installed barricades in August following directives from traffic department. The intersections were blocked to avoid congestion on Bistupur Main Road during peak hours.

According to a survey, about 10 per cent of nearly 1 lakh vehicles passing through Bistupur Main Road crossed the intersections.

After they were blocked, these commuters had to cover extra distance. This apart, citizens jumping over the intersections in a bid to save time.

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