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Officials explore ways to decongest Khandagiri Square

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:

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A day after a serious accident at Khandagiri square here killed three persons and injured 20 more, the Commissionerate Police held a meeting to discuss with the Khandagiri local committee and officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to find a way to check the increasing number of accidents in the busy square.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Twin City Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma said the local committee members advocated the construction of a flyover between Khandagiri Square and Kolathia Chhak in order to control the heavy rush of vehicles.

Maintaining that a flyover at the square would go a long way in reducing the number of accidents, Sharma said the commissionerate police would soon write to NHAI authorities making a strong case for a flyover to be built in the area.

“Two high barricades would be installed near the twin-hill (Khandagiri-Udaygiri) road soon to check plying of heavy vehicles, including tourist buses, towards the Khandagiri traffic post,” he said.

Service roads in the Aiginia, Khandagiri and Fire Station square along the National Highway No 5 will be open only for light vehicles, the commissioner said. “This would help decongest the main road. We shall also issue an appeal to all drivers to slow down their vehicles near the square,” he said.

NHAI chief engineer (roads) Bharat Chandra Pradhan said the road from Khandagiri to Chandaka near twin hill would be barred for heavy vehicles. Heavy vehicles will have to use Kolathia-Tapoban road as an alternative. “As the road near the tourist spot (Khandagiri and Udaygiri) is a busy place, the local people demanded that the route be banned for heavy vehicles,” he added.

Among others, NHAI project director Anil Dixit was present in the discussion.