Bhubaneswar, Dec 9 :
Members of Bhubaneswar truck owners association on Monday urged the twin city Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma to reconsider the restriction imposed on entry of trucks into the city after the Khandagiri accident that killed three people and injured 20 others on December 1.
Following the Khandagiri accident, the Commissionerate Police (CP) have imposed the restriction on entry of heavy vehicles into teh city between 8am and 8pm. Besides, all heavy vehicles have been asked to take the Pitapalli -Barang bypass route instead of the NH-5 stretch that runs through the capital city.
There are around 5000 trucks in the city, a member of the truckers’ body said.
Earlier, CP had imposed restriction on the entry and movement of the local trucks from 8am to 11am and from 4pm to 8pm. Following the restrictions, the vehicle owners have had to suffer huge loss, said the association members.
“ Heavy vehicles entering the city from neighboring states may take the bypass route but the local trucks engaged by private parties and government agencies should be allowed to ply because they provide service in the city,” said president of truck association Nursingha Patnaik.
“We have urged the CP to review the restrictions,” Patnaik said.
However, police have assured the truckers that their appeals would be considered but not immediately in view of the public outrage over the recent Khandagiri mishap and also the acute traffic congestion in busy roads in the city due to construction of flyovers and other developmental works at a number of places.
“For now we may not give them any relief. Restrictions have been imposed in the interest of the general public and may be revoked in future. We are, however, open to discussions with the truckers’ association and other agencies,” said police commissioner RP Sharma.