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Traffic woes continue on Jugsalai-Bagbera Road

Commuters flout directives due to lack of vigil

Jamshedpur, May 24 : Though the administration has declared Jugsalai-Baghbera Road one-way from Wednesday to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the steel city’s commercial hub, but commuters continue to flout directions due to lack of vigil leading to chaotic like situation.

Every day Jugsalai-Baghbera Road witnesses over 80,000 vehicles including cycles, cars, passing through the stretch beginning at Jugsalai railway crossing.

SDO DhalbhumMadhvi Mishra had on Wednesday conducted a joint survey at the wholesale trading centre of Jugsalai recently along with DSP traffic Vivekananda Thakur and Jugsalai municipality special officer Surendra Prasad to chalk out a strategy to ease vehicular movement after traders and visitors’ regularly complained of snarls.

The one-way traffic rule means that those coming from Bistupur would need to cross Jugsalai level crossing and take Marwari Para Road to reach destinations in Jugsalai and Bagbera, while those coming from Bagbera would have to take Dharmashala Road to reach various destinations in Jamshedpur.

Spread over 1.29sqkm, Jugsalai municipality is home to more than 2,000 wholesale shops dealing in garments, electrical equipment, kitchenware, crackers, and stationery items.

According to residents, lack of proper vigil is forcing people to flout the directives. Lack of parking lots on many prime roads and haphazard parking of vehicles on roadsides lead to traffic snarls peak hours.

A chaos like situation welcomes one during office hours in Jugsalai these days. Moreover, the road near railway crossing in Jugsalai has no proper parking lots for four wheelers and two wheelers. People visiting the area park their vehicles on both sides of the road forcing pedestrians to walk on the road.

The road is an important artery that connects to Gaurishankar Road, Dharamshala Road and Mahto Para Road.

“I usually don’t take my car for the same, because each time I’d waste half my time finding a spot to park my car. It’s much less stressful if I walk or take my two-wheeler,” said a resident.

“Technically, there are no designated parking areas. There aren’t even signboards to mark these areas as such. More importantly, there is no special parking lot for two-wheelers. Most people park on both sides of the by-roads near buildings – usually in a way that it doesn’t obstruct traffic,” adds a shopkeeper.

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