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Experts converge to prepare blue print for safer roads in State capital




 As every city aspires to have safer roads for its citizens and the No. 1 Smart City of the country is planning to have a livable and child-friendly urban ecosystem in near future, BDA, BMC, BUKC and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited in association with stake holders and other line departments of the State government and experts from World Resources Institute (WRI India) converged to have a blue print for safer roads in the Temple City.

However, the implementation of the plan through a two-day workshop on road safety will culminate at Rupali Square so that citizens can have a hands-on model to experience the road safety elements in action.

Addressing the inaugural session, BDA Additional Commissioner-cum- Member Enforcement Bhabani Shankar Chayani said the intent is to protect the interests of the pedestrians, motorists along with all road users. The more we hold such discussions, the more advocacy groups and forums would be formed in order to create greater awareness in the society. There are innumerable stake holders on streets and junctions like vendors, market committees including those, who are in the business of bulk supply of power and other essential components need to sit together to brainstorm on the road safety issues, he added.

ACP Traffic Jatin Panda said ``key issue on a traffic junction like Rupali Square is the sudden wider road mouth immediately after the fixed lanes leading to overtaking and erratic driving by motorists threatening lives of the pedestrians and also putting other road users in trouble.’’  Stating that it is very important to look at the interest of pedestrians as they are the most vulnerable section on such a junction, the senior traffic official also observed that we must save them from the ``mercies of the motorists.’’

Admitting that due to lack of identified pedestrian space and crossings the traffic dynamics is often delayed, he also said that there should be clearly identified space for all road users. We also need to have more sensitising sessions for the people to use public transport as the rising use of private vehicles have put both logistical and environmental pressure on the city to handle the situation, he further added.

BDA Secretary Ramesh Chandra Rout said ``parking facilities need to be structured properly and innovative ways need to be found to arrest the dangers of vehicular pollution and rash driving by young adults in the city.’’






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