SAMBALPUR: In a bid to ensure smooth movement of vehicles and prevent traffic snarls in Sambalpur town, the State Government has taken an in-principle decision to set up a traffic police station soon.
Confirming this, Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty said an inspector would be in-charge of the traffic police station which would be equipped with latest gadgets to streamline the traffic.
Over the years, the number shopping malls, hotels and vehicles in the town has increased manifold but the traffic management remains neglected. And the situation is worsening within each passing days. Official sources said more than 500 new vehicles are registered at the Regional Transport Office every month while thousands are already plying on the roads. Ironically, there are 50 traffic police personnel led by a sub-inspector to control the traffic in the entire town.
At present, the traffic is managed by sole outpost located adjoining Town police station. The situation is worse in Golebazaar, Church area, Laxmi Talkies area, VSS Marg and Khetrjpur. This apart, traffic jam on the Fatak flyover connecting Church square with Budharaja is a regular affair due to illegal parking of auto-rickshaws.
As there is no parking zones, haphazard parking across the town is a common sight. However, the residents hope that the scenario may change after creation of traffic police station.