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OMMCOM Impact On Bomikhal Bridge Chaos: Police Commissionerate, R&B Conduct Survey To Ease Commuters’ Plight

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23 February 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: A day after the fault in road design, signage and approach ways of the Bomikhal overbridge was reported by OMMCOM NEWS, a joint team of Police Commissionerate and Works Department rushed to the spot on Saturday to assess the situation.

OMMCOM NEWS yesterday highlighted how the overbridge, which was inaugurated recently by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, is compounding the problems of the motorists using it instead of easing traffic problems on a busy Cuttack-Puri road stretch in this smart city.

As the bridge is meant to connect Rasulgarh with Cuttack Road and Cuttack Road with Saheed Nagar and vice versa, vehicles are arriving from every direction but remain stranded at the junction, where elevation from Cuttack Road, Rasulgarh and Saheed Nagar sides meet.

The junction point of this new bridge is a narrow patch and the clogged roundabout forces four-wheelers (coming from Cuttack Road side) to reverse at least twice to proceed towards Rasulgarh. Same is the woe with motorists coming from Rasulgarh and heading towards Cuttack Road.

There also remains traffic congestion near Esplanade, where vehicles from Rasulgarh side have to use the median crossover and go to the opposing travel lane to reach the entry point of the overbridge. With other vehicles also heading towards Cuttack Road and coming towards Rasulgarh a number of freak accidents have also been reported due to the commotion on this flyover.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty said, "A joint survey has been conducted by DCP Traffic and authorities of R&B, assisted by staff of Traffic Police Station. As an immediate measure a traffic policeman can be posted to regulate the traffic flow but that is not a solution. Appropriate action can be taken in this regard after arrival of the survey report."

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Satyajit Mohanty, Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack