BALASORE: Here is a piece of good news for people of Balasore town. After repeated demands, the State Government has finally notified for a traffic police station at Balasore which had been suffering from traffic congestion in the absence of trained personnel.
The police station will have under its jurisdiction the entire stretch of roads owned and maintained by NHAI in the district besides the areas falling under the coastal town.
As per the notification issued on Friday, the stretch NH-5 from Sadar police station crossing (Kuruda) to Rudragopalpur crossing via Birla Tyres factory (Bampada) and Remuna Golai, stretch of NH-60 from Rudragopalpur crossing to Fuladi crossing, roads owned and maintained by Roads and Building division will be controlled and monitored by this traffic unit.
This part, the traffic police station will also have its limits up the roads maintained by the irrigation department, Balasore Development Authority, Balasore municipality in the limits of Town police station, Sadar police station, Saraswatipur crossing to Nuagaon crossing of NH-5 and Laxminarayan temple crossing to ITI crossing under Industrial area police limits.
Director General (DG) of Police has been requested to manage the traffic police station from within the existing sanctioned strength of the traffic personnel by making suitable redistribution of available traffic personnel.
“However, budget provision for creation of infrastructure for functioning of this traffic police station may be made as per the concurrence of Finance Department,” the notification stated.
A senior police official said the building at Police line ground which earlier housed the office of Sadar sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) can now be used as the traffic police station. Later it can be modernised and well equipped as per the requirement. “But what we need is the trained traffic personnel along with some senior officials to manage the show,” he said.
Now the traffic in the busy coastal town is being managed and controlled by nearly 35 personnel.