BHUBANESWAR: Nerve-wracking traffic snarls at street junctions in the city will soon be a thing of the past as the commissionerate police have identified 28 locations in Bhubaneswar where left turn lanes would be widened to avoid heavy congestion.
Motorists face severe problem to take a left turn at these junctions as vehicles are always parked at the corners. Such problematic junctions include Nicco Park Square, Housing Board Square, The World Traffic Square, 120 Battalion Square, Airport Square, Nalco Square, Damana Square, CRP Square and a few others. City buses also block part of the road at these crossings. The idea to widen the roads at these places was discussed during a traffic review meeting last week.
"We have urged the works department to widen the road close to left turns for the convenience of commuters. Hopefully the work will start soon," twin city police commissioner Sunil Roy told TOI.
"We have started a survey to acquire land for widening the streets. At many places, large portions of public road have been encroached near the left turns. We will seek the help of police to evict the encroachers," said an officer of road department.
The city has around 44 traffic posts of which 10 are very busy. Police have identified 10 more places such as Old Station Bazaar, Satya Nagar Over Bridge and Ganganagar Square in the city where new traffic posts would be set up soon.
Meanwhile, urban managers have requested police to improve zebra crossings for convenience of pedestrians.
"Most of the black and white stripes at zebra crossings have faded making it difficult for pedestrians to identify them. At some places zebra crossings are marked at such places that pedestrians need to jump to cross the road," said Piyush Ranjan Rout, co-founder of Local Governance Network, an organization promoting best practices in city management.