Berhampur, Dec 6 (LocalWire) With fatality in road mishaps on the National Highway (NH)-16, passing through Ganjam, on the rise, the district administration has urged National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to construct at least three flyovers and set up a truck parking bay during the expansion of the 56-km highway stretch from Puintala to Ichhapuram .
Ganjam district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange has written to NHAI project director Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to take steps in this regard after a recent District Road Safety Committee (DRSC) meeting.
The district administration had also requested the NHAI earlier to incorporate these proposals in the Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the expansion of NH-16 from 4 to 6 lanes.
Despite the district administration’s repeated persuasion, tender papers of the NH expansion revealed that the NHAI have proposed only one flyover at Haladiapadara, said a senior officer.
After elaborate discussion at the DRCS meeting, the collector has dashed a letter to construct two more flyovers at Randha, near Berhampur and Chhatrapur, a trucking parking bay, preferable at Kanishi with necessary facilities to avoid traffic hazard on NH.
The collector has also asked the NHAI to strengthen service roads from Girishola to Chamakhandi with placement of guard rails separating them from the main road of NH.
He has sought removal of encroachments at Jagannathpur junction and Pointala for hassle-free movement of vehicles.
“NHAI needs to take these steps urgently, as the administration has identified Narayani junction to Girishola under the stretch as most Vulnerable Accident Prone Zone, consisting of 17 black spots,” said regional transport officer (RTO) Saroj Kumar Biswal.
The black spots have been identified during a joint survey conducted by a technical expert team consisting of officials of NHAI, transport department and police personnel, he said.
Road accidents on NH-16 have increased by 7.74 percent in one year and fatality by 6.15 percent, he said.
Between January to August this year, 501 mishaps took place, where 276 people were killed.
In the corresponding period last year, 465 mishaps on NH-16 had claimed 260 lives, Biswal said.