Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 6:
The under construction over bridge on NH-5 at Rasulgarh square in Odisha capital has turned to be a nightmare for commuters with huge traffic jams every day. So much so that, a few hundred meters of road from Rasulagrh to Palasuni takes about 45 minutes to cross during peak hours.
Bhubaneswar Commissionerate Police had earlier issued a circular asking people to use the diversion so that the construction of the over bridge could be completed before the upcoming Nabakalebara.
While executives of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Simplex Infra that is building the over bridge had both assured earlier that the construction would be completed before Nabakalebara, senior officials of NHAI are now sceptical about its completion before the deadline.
In the mean time, commuters continue to suffer. The traffic going towards Cuttack has to take a diversion from Rasulgarh square and travel up to five kilometres extra through Mancheswar Industrial Estate to touch the national Highway again near Palasuni square.
This travel, amidst heavy traffic jam, can take up to 45 minutes and gets worse during peak hours.
Vehicles coming from Cuttack on NH-5 are passing through a single lane 100 meters before Rasulgarh square. A heavy and busy road when pressed to a single lane causes a heavy traffic jam.
As if the traffic jam is not enough, there are not enough traffic police deployed to guide the traffic through. Unruly drivers often try to take a lead over others. As a result, scratches and dents on vehicles and fights have become common.
While the completion of this key project before the Nabakalebara is highly unlikely, lakhs of vehicles expected during the festivals are going to turn the place into a nightmare.
Locals, on the other hand, are unhappy over the lacklustre response of NHAI and are demanding an alternate route.