BDA, BMC Commissionerate Police formed Special Squad to remove encroachments from footpaths, cycle tracks
Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) in association with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Commissionerate Police has formed a Special Joint Squad (SJS) to remove encroachments from footpaths and cycle tracks from the busy Airport-Nandankanan Road.
On the Day One of its action, the joint squad removed 80 units of small shops, vendors and encroachers along the Airport-Nandankanan Road from near Unit IV and 120 Battalion areas in the heart of the city.
BDA Vice-Chairman Dr. Krishan Kumar today directed that to streamline the non-motorised transport (NMT) users i.e. people using bicycles as a means of transport and pedestrians using footpaths, the Special Joint Squad will work on daily basis and make sure that these people using the green mode of transport never face any difficulties while using the roads.
The SJS with 10 members will be led by a squad leader of the rank of an enforcement inspector in BDA. There will be representatives from the Enforcement Wings from BDA, BMC and police officials deployed to the squad, by the Twin City Commissionerate of Police.
Enforcement Member, BDA, Bhabani Shankar Chayani, the overall in-charge of the SJS said ``the special squad will exclusively look after the enforcement work in facilitating smooth flow of traffic in the busy roads of the state capital and would not be engaged for any other work.’’
A similar order was also issued in BMC office today designating Zonal Deputy Commissioner Subhranshu Mishra as the nodal officer to oversee the SJS activities.
The decision to constitute the SJS was necessitated as the Odisha Government had notified for the city, vide a resolution of the Home Department on November 29, 2016, for streamlining various matters related to traffic solutions in Bhubaneswar.
It can be mentioned here that as per the Government directive the first meeting of the Traffic Management Committee was held on January 4, 2017. In that meeting it was decided that strict enforcement measures need to be initiated for removal of encroachments from footpaths and cycle paths for promoting use of such available infrastructure by citizens to boost NMT activities.
The SJS was formed to take up enforcement measures under the provisions of the Odisha Municipal Corporation Act, 2003, throughout the jurisdiction of BMC.
Rapid urbanisation has caused a manifold increase of population of the State Capital, which resulted in considerable growth of vehicular traffic. Due to expansion of city limits, new traffic intersections have come up and resources available are too inadequate to manage hurdles of day-to-day traffic.
Lack of adequate parking space, electronic traffic signalling system and engineering defects in road development are some major issues faced by the traffic police and in order to sort out these problems regular meetings would be organised by the State Government. The Traffic Management Committee was thus formed in the line of such a body in neighbouring Millennium City of Cuttack.
The Traffic Management Committee in Bhubaneswar will be chaired by Principal Secretary Home Department. The other members of the panel include: Engineer-in-chief-cum-Secretary to Government Works Department, Special Secretary General Administration Department, Commissioner of Police Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, Transport Commissioner Odisha, BMC Commissioner and Project Director, NHAI, Bhubaneswar.
The committee will meet quarterly to review traffic and other infrastructure related issues and monitor plans and programmes pertaining to and affecting smooth flow of traffic in the Temple City.