BHUBANESWAR: The growing traffic chaos on the intersection of Jaydev Vihar and CRP flyovers on National Highway-5 irks not only the common people but also men in uniform.
With no proper signaling system, road users find travelling on this stretch of the highway, which falls within the city limits, a nightmarish experience. Encroachment and makeshift shops along the service roads in the area have added to commuters’ woes.
There is no proper mechanism in place to regulate traffic on service roads at this junction. Many of the feeder roads from IRC village and Jaydev Vihar remain clogged throughout the day, causing inconvenience for the commuters.
This apart, pitiable condition of service roads and poor illumination of the area have worsened the situation. Raising concern over the traffic situation, Traffic ACP Jatindra Panda said clearing the chaos here is a Herculean task.
“The sudden approach of service road users onto National Highway-5 obstructs the movement of speeding vehicles and often leads to accidents,” Panda said.
Sources said cars and two-wheelers turn comprise almost 70 per cent of the traffic volume on this corridor followed by goods vehicles in the form of mini-trucks and carriages. Even cycles and rickshaws, though insignificant in number, add to the chaos.
Speaking on the issue, Project Director, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Anil Dixit said the traffic post at this intersection will be shut within 15 to 20 days.
“We have held discussions with the Commissionerate Police and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and decided to seal the junction. The city-based motorists will have to use the underpass near Nayapalli police station square for taking U-turn or going towards IRC Village,” Dixit said.
The NHAI has planned to complete the repair work of service roads on either side of NH-5 from Jaydev Vihar to Baramunda by June this year.
According to shopkeepers of the area, a dedicated space for small traders within the neighbourhood would restore original width of the stretches and ease traffic pressure without depriving traders of their livelihood.