Kendrapara, Oct 1:
Worried over highway disorder due to rush of mineral laden lorries, the Odisha government have enforced a 10-day-long prohibition on the movement of Paradip port bound ore-laden trucks on the NH-5(A).
The busy highway otherwise called as Paradip-Daitary expressway incidentally happens to be the principal road connectivity between the mineral-rich areas and the Paradip port.
“There would be no movement of ore carrying trucks towards the port on the highway. The order would remain in force till October 9,” said Niranjan Nayak, the collector of Kendrapara district.
The decision in this regard was undertaken by the mines directorate as people of NH-side villages were being greatly inconvenienced due to traffic jam.
“The administration of Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur and Keonjhar districts have also been informed of the prohibition and requested to ensure implementation of the order. The Paradip port Trust has also been directed to stop further unloading of ores,” Nayak said.
Unregulated plying of ore-laden trucks on the highway, widely regarded as the busiest road route in the state, has become the order of the day. As a result it has triggered the worst form of traffic jam, paralyzing normal life of local residents mainly in Kendrapara district.
The district administration has initiated the drastic move under rule-115 of the motor vehicle act, 1988 besides on the basis of regulation framed under Orissa motor vehicle rules, the collector said.
After banning movement of mineral laden lorries, Nayak said “In the event the situation does not improve, the duration of ban on movement of ore-laden trucks would be further increased.”(PTI)