Jamshedpur : In a bid to streamline traffic movement in Bistupur, the district traffic police have closed two intersections on Bistupur Main Road forcing people to take extra journey to move.
The commuters who used to take a turn from the Bistupur area area through the intersection located either in front of the Hero Honda Showroom or Ram Mandir are now been forced to take a U-turn from round about near the Voltas Building instead.
Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Rakesh Mohan Sinha said that they closed the two intersections near Ram Mandir in view of regular traffic jam. This will ensure easy movement.
The traffic DSP said the intersections have now been blocked temporally by erecting iron angle on them, but they would ask Jusco to set up cemented blockade so that they are closed permanently.
Another traffic official said that with less than a week left for the Pujas to begin, major roads of the city remain in a deplorable state. Lack of parking space is also posing a hurdle into the smooth movement of traffic. The department is taking steps to ensure that traffic is free from jam.
One of the other reasons for the traffic trouble could be that more cars are out on the roads for people to round up their Puja shopping. Commercial places like Bistupur, Sakchi, Jugsalai, Baghbera are the worst hit places. Police are facing tough times in controlling the traffic movement.
The traffic problem is adding to the woes of road users with the\ congested roads, lack of parking places, poor traffic sense among road users, especially the auto rickshaw and mini buses.
Moreover with the vehicular movement of puja hoppers in Telco (HS road), Jugsalai( Station Road), Sonari (near Kagalnagar), Sakchi (Aam Bagan and Kasidih), Bistupur (Rani Kudar), Kadma (Rankini Temple), are most likley to draw heavy crowd and traffic personnel would face the problem in these areas.
Meanwhile, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has, lodged a strong objection before the district administration opposing the move of the traffic department. A delegation of SCCI, led by its newly elected president Suresh Sonthalia on Saturday met the deputy commissioner, Amitabh Kaushal to protest the step taken by the traffic police.
Sonthalia said that the deputy commissioner along with additional deputy collector (law and order) Ajit Shankar and additional deputy commissioner Ganesh Kumar gave a hearing to the SCCI’s objection.
” We have received a positive response. The deputy commissioner has aksed sub-divisional officer, Dhalbhum Prem Ranjan to visit the place on the Bistupur Main Road and submit a report on whether it is convenient for the people to block the two\ intersection on the Bistupur Main Road,” said the SCCI president.
The SCCI president, however, that if the traffic police want to streamline the traffic movement then it may close only one intersection near Ram Mandir.