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Heavy traffic jam on NH-149 after no-entry ban heavy vehicles

 By Jagdanand Pradhan

TALCHER:As the district administration has reinforced no entry order for heavy vehicles from Panhchamahala to Bhusan on NH-55,traffic becomes heavily congested on NH-149 from Talcher to Banarpal in evening time.

Due to ban orders hundreds of coal transporting trucks from Talcher coalfield which can not run on day time,ply on evening time.As a result heavy congestion of traffic  takes place from Talcher to Banarpal.Vehicles take more than one hour or more to travel 12 kilometers on this part of NH.Police has to to over work in maintaining traffic on this part of route.

The no entry ban has been imposed in wake of school children of Banarpal high school resorted about 12-hour blockade on NH-55 at Banarpal following the death of their fellow student in road mishap.The district administration had to accept their demand not to allow heavy vehicle on this stretch of NH since last week.


 Here at Talcher,coal laden trucks are being placed on both sides of the road during day time thus narrowing the space of the NH.Small vehicles and two wheelers are finding it difficult to run on this road due to parking on both sides.

Almost daily acute traffic jams are reported after pm when heavy vehicles are allowed on NH-55 as per the administrative order.Subash Pradhan,a resident said,"The traffic situation is horrible not only in evening time but also in day time due to parking.

After the evening the situation becomes so worst that even two wheeler can not pass on this part of road.It takes hours together to travel on this road.It is high time that four laning of NH should take place to avoid such type of acute traffic jam on this NH.

Talcher SDPO Manas ranjan Barik while admitting the traffic jam said,the widening  four-laning of the road between Talcher to Banarpal and beyond is the only solution of the pestering problem.He said police is required everyday to clear the road and coalmining authorities have been asked not to allow the coal transporting truck from the mines during no-entry ban.

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