Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 10:
Twin City Commissionerate Police has submitted a proposal to the state government seeking two more police stations under its jurisdiction.
Once approved, one of them will be set up in Chandrasekharpur or Khandagiri area of Bhubaneswar while the other one will be set up in Buxi Bazar area of Cuttack. As many as 170 personnel will be engaged in these two police stations, said Police Commissioner RP Sharma at the inaugural ceremony of Road Safety Week in Bhubaneswar today.
“We have submitted a proposal for setting up two more traffic police stations– one in Cuttack and the other in Bhubaneswar, to manage traffic system in the twin city. With places like Khandagiri, Patia and Chandrasekharpur rapidly growing and added number of vehicles plying on the road, there is shortfall of traffic police,” said Sharma.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Anant Narayan Jena highlighted public transport as a solution to ever-worsening traffic conditions. He also spoke of the steps BMC is taking to address the concern in Bhubaneswar.
“We are planning to roll out 450 buses in Bhubaneswar in the first phase to address public transport concerns and offer an alternative to individual vehicle usage. Besides, we are also going to implement an innovative road crossing solution like many of the metros wherein people will use a button to signal before crossing the road. This method will be especially beneficial for differently-abled people,” said Jena.
In another significant development, Sanjay Kumar Behera of RTO-2 announced that the Transport Department will provide free driving training, driver’s license and first-aid training to 100 unemployed women and transgenders to drive auto-rickshaws under the ongoing ‘pink auto’ scheme.