Baripada: To reduce traffic congestion on national highways and state highways passing through Mayurbhanj, district magistrate Vineet Bhardwaj has made a big decision. The district administration has decided to evict all road-side dhabas and other business establishments that have illegally encroached upon the highways.
This decision was taken during the review meeting chaired by Bhardwaj on Saturday. The problems related to illegal encroachments along the NHs and SHs contributing to traffic snarls were discussed in this meeting.
Traffic problems due to encroachments have increased menacingly on NH-220, NH-18, NH-49, State Highway-53, State Highway-61, and State Highway-19, which pass through the Mayurbhanj district. It is expected that traffic congestion will increase further during the coming festive season. So, the collector directed the officials to take up the eviction work on war footing. The local police have also been instructed to help in teh eviction process.
Apart from that, authorities of the NHs and SHs have been instructed to identify trouble spots and initiate immediately ensure measures for smooth traffic flow. During the meeting the RegionalTransport Office in Mayurbhanj disclosed that it collected a fine of Rs 135.75 lakh from bikers, car drivers, and other vehicle operators for violating traffic rules in the month of June and July.