Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Traffic snarl-ups a tough challenge during pujas, traffic department mulls over strategy

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Jamshedpur , Sept. 21: With an aim to streamline the traffic woes during the week long Durga Puja celebrations the district traffic police is likely to take the help of National Cadet Course (NCC) cadets in the city.

The traffic department and the Kendriya Durga Puja Samiti have worked out a multi layered strategy to ensure easy movement of traffic on busy roads during the festival days.

In the wake of ever increasing number of the vehicles in the city, especially the two wheelers, and floods of people thronging the roads during the five celebrated days of Pujas the traffic police finds it too, difficult to control the traffic movement on the busy streets.

Besides, with limited strength of the traffic police personnel the department finds itself in mess during the hectic period.

Two dozen NCC cadets are likely to be deployed, if at all they are, in the streets that attract maximum vehicles, precisely on those roads that connect to popular Puja pandals of the town.

For example, the Kharkhai Bridge, the major link between Steel city and Adityapur, that witness sea of vehicles during the Pujas, demands additional force to control vehicular traffic. Though, the Seraikela Kharswan district administration has banned plying of heavy vehicles on the ‘badly shaped’ Kharkhai Bridge during the Pujas.

Nonetheless, vehicular movement in Telco (HS road), Sonari (near Kagalnagar), Sakchi (Aam Bagan and Kasidih), Bistupur (Rani Kudar), Kadma (Rankini Temple), Burmamines and Bhuiyandih are most likley to draw heavy crowd and traffic personnel would face the problem in these areas.

“The sole purpose behind seeking cooperation from NCC cadets is to ensure free movement of vehicles during the five hectic days. And, the motto is to go for accident free pujas. But, the onus lies on the revellers too, who should practice traffic rules while plying vehicles on the busy roads,” said, a traffic police official.

Notably, NCC last year carried out ‘ puja duty’ at specific pandals on the request of the puja organisers but, this year they have not received any official communique from the district administration, as far as traffic duty is concerned.

A traffic constable deployed on the Mango bridge admitted the fact that trafic congestions have become a regular phenomenon. ” With expansion programmes of Tata Steel and other companies, there has been a rise in the number of heavy vehicles. The pitiable road condition is also to be blamed as it often causes breakdown of vehicles,” he said .
The Kharkhai Bridge, the only link between Steel city and Adityapur, that witness sea of vehicles during the Pujas, demands additional force to control vehicular traffic.

“Cooperation from NCC cadets would ensure free movement of vehicles during the hectic days. We want to make sure that the pujas are �accident free� for the people. Proper guidance from traffic police would help the cadets,� said a senior police official.

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