The barricades installed at College Square to manage traffic in Cuttack. Picture by Badrika Nath Das
Cuttack, May 5: Traffic police have come out with a plan to install iron grilles in the city by this year-end to streamline movement of vehicles on major roads and intersections.
The police also plan to install electronic signals at eight new places, such as Trisulia, Mani Mandir Crossing, Belle View, CDA Petanala Crossing, Sector-X, Rural DPO, Balikuda and Kalinga Chhak at Choudwar.
"We want to replace the plastic delineators at major traffic points with iron grilles. The public works department has already been asked to prepare a detailed project report for this," said assistant commissioner of police (traffic) P.K. Dalai.
The iron grilles will act as a temporary barricade to enforce road discipline by ensuring that the vehicles stick to their respective lanes. The move is likely to play a crucial role in checking congestion on main roads and intersections as the iron grilles will also serve as road medians that will check rash driving and overtaking from wrong routes.
The police have identified four major routes - Ranihat to Mangalabag, Bajrakabati to Ranihat, Chandi Chowk to High Court and Buxi Bazar to Dargha Bazar - where the iron grilles will be installed in the first phase.
The iron grilles will be installed in such a manner so that they can be removed during the festivals of Dussehra and Ganesh Puja to ensure that the temporary barricades do not create problems during the immersion ceremonies.
The traffic police are now facing problems in reinstalling the plastic delineators that have been damaged at major traffic junctions, such as Badambadi, Ranihat and Mangalabag. The absence of plastic delineators at these junctions has added to traffic chaos in these areas.
"There is no white line marking on the road. The rampant construction activities of the Japan International Cooperation Agency are adding to traffic chaos. We hope that things will improve after barricades are installed at traffic junctions," said Pradipta Pradhan, a commuter.
Another senior traffic official said that the police had already deployed constables at various unmanned crossings, including those at Ranihat, College Square, Naya Bazaar, Jagatpur, Mahanadi Vihar, Trisulia and Baranga. Four temporary traffic posts have also been set up at Chandni Chowk, Howrah Motors, Belle View and DPO Gada to streamline vehicular traffic in different parts of the city.