Berhampur, Jan 30 (Localwire):On Thursday, the residents of Haladiapadar performed a ritual on the National Highway-16 on the outskirts of the city to reduce the road mishaps in the area. This move was set against the backdrop of a fatal accident which took place near the Tapatapani Ghat that claimed eight lives and injured over 30 a day before.
Haladiapadara, located on the National Highway 16, is infamous as an accident-prone area and has been earmarked as a black-spot by the Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Ganjam.
Several villagers gathered at NH-16 at Haladiapadara and performed a ritual by chanting shlokas.
“The accidents occur due to the faulty construction of an overbridge directly connecting with the highway.
We have complained to the administration as well as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
As no has paid heed to our grievance since the past six years, we resorted to prayer for the safety of our people,” said K. Praveen, an advocate from the village.
Besides the residents of Haladiapadar, other villagers also joined the ritual which lasted over an hour, Informed another villager.
In the coming days, the villagers are planning to launch a major agitation demanding for an over bridge on the NH, he said.
A private bus owner informed LocalWire that owing to its faulty construction, no private bus owner has agreed to start their bus from the newly constructed bus stand at Haladiapadar.
Concerning this issue, Sarthak Ray, the DSP (traffic), Berhampur, stated that at least four people have died in last two months. He, however, believes the reason behind the deaths to be the violation of traffic rules by the motor-cycle riders and those riding without helmets.
As per the villagers at least one accident takes place in the area every alternative day on an average.
Edited by Meenal Singh