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Dumped Silts Lead to Traffic Congestion in Bhubaneswar

Add comment June 16th, 2011

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has created one problem while trying to solve another. For the last 20 days, the corporation has been desilting the city drains. It had heaped the extracted material on the edge of these drains. However, with the monsoon setting in, the sludge is bound to be washed back into the drains. After a stormy council meeting on desiltation of the internal drains in the last week of May, the BMC authorities had decided that by June 15 the drains would be made ready to face the monsoon rains.

However, with the silt from the drains still lying on the roadsides, the drains will again be choked in most of the areas. “This year the desiltation work started very seriously at the beginning. But, in most of the areas, the work never got over on time. While most of the desilted drains will be refilled with the soil and garbage recovered from the nearby drains, the civic authorities will have more problem to collect the silt again and transport them to the dumping ground,” said Mrutyunjay Tripathy, a resident of Ganganagar area.

But, in some areas, including ward No. 45, extracted materials have been removed. “All the dumped materials near the main road were lifted. In some parts, however, some garbage was still dumped for inspection of the municipal commissioner and city health officer. Now, almost all silt from the roadsides in our ward have been lifted,” said councillor Pranab Kishore Swain. But the situation is different on the Delta Square-Jagamara Road. Here, heaps of silt recovered from the nearby stormwater drain have been lying for days in front of the shops. Apart from the shopkeepers, local residents are suffering badly due to this. This is also causing traffic congestions on the road.

“The civic authorities have set a bad precedence this year by causing difficulties for the public while dumping the silt on the road itself. But, according to the Municipal Corporation Act, 2003, it is punishable to dump garbage on roads,” said Samir Kumar Jena, a resident of Baramunda village. City health officer Ashok Kumar Panda, however, blamed the Raja festival for the delay in the BMC plan.

“We could not get labourers during the festive season. As it is the biggest festival of the state, workers tend to go to their villages and return after a day or two. We have already issued instructions. Once the labourers are available, we will lift the heaps of silt and garbage from the roadsides,” said Panda. The Telegraph had carried a report on May 24 regarding a desiltation exercise before the onset of the monsoon as the Indian Meteorological Department had predicted June 10 as the date for arrival of monsoon clouds in the city. After that, the councillors took up the matter at the council meeting.

Speaking to the The Telegraph, city engineer T.B.K. Shroff had said on May 23: “There is no fixed rule to finish the desiltation activity in the smaller drains one month prior to the arrival of the monsoon clouds. But, the desiltation works will be definitely over by June 15.”

Ward Nos. 10, 19, 21, 39, 40 and 49 are facing acute crisis due to the dumped silts on roadsides. After the incessant rain since last evening, people staying in areas such as Rental Colony, Nayapalli, Bomikhal, Jayadurga Nagar, Sarala Nag ar, Refugee Colony, Laxmisagar, Jharpada, Buddheswari Colony, Laxmisagar Brit Colo ny, Chintamaniswar temple area, Sabar Sahi, Kalpana Fla ts and BJB Nagar ‘A’ type flat areas, are facing problems from dumped silts due to the negligence of the BMC.

Zirakpur-Parwanoo four-laning project: On course to completion by 2010 end?

Add comment May 3rd, 2009

Panchkula: If all goes according to plan on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo four laning project, commuters in the region may soon enjoy better road connectivity.

A joint venture of Jaiprakash Associates Company and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the four-lane project is divided into two segments: Zirakpur-Pinjore path stretch likely to be functional in September 2010 (after a 3-month delay) and Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass, expected to be completed by December next year.

The stretch: With an approximate length of 28.690 km, the Rs 295-crore project of the Zirakpur-Parwanoo four laning starts from near Hotel Shagun in Zirakpur on National Highway (NH) 22 and stretches till Mallah road, a few meters short of Yadvendra gardens in Pinjore.

Mallah road is the starting point for the 13-km Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass that will meet the National Highway near Timber Trail in Parwanoo.

“The entire project is divided in two parts: one in the plain terrain (Zirakpur- Mallah in Pinjore) and the other in the hills (Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass). It covers three states — Punjab (2 km), Haryana (21 km) and Himachal (5.6 km). With 12 structures in the Zirakpur-Pinjore path and 11 bridges and 5 underpasses in the Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass, construction on almost all structures has started,” said a senior official with the Jaiprakash Associates, who is also heading the project.

The official added that while pre-construction modalities began in September 2007, actual work on the project kicked off from March 1, 2008.

Progress slowdown: Progress on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo project has been slowed down, courtesy delays in construction of various intermediate structures along the stretch, including the Chandimandir flyover and Majri Chowk flyover.

“The project began with an initial delay when the consultant was appointed in April 2008, eight months after his scheduled appointment when NHAI and JP Company signed the agreement in August 2007,” added the official.

Claiming that work on the Chandimandir flyover was hit by a 6-month delay owing to issues of land transfer from the Army to the NHAI and Haryana State, the official said efforts are being made to complete construction by December this year.

On the nearly four-month delay in the Majri Chowk flyover, scheduled to have been completed in January this year, the official said the land shown on papers for the flyover was different from the one handed over by Haryana for the project.

“It was after possession of the actual land that the new designs for the flyover were approved. Also, of the 35 hectares of land for the bypass, the Haryana government has neither handed over around nine hectares of land to NHAI, nor have they given clearance for cutting of trees on 7.6 hectares of land,” said the official.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: The Panchkula Administration and the NHAI have decided to provide minimum diversions on the entire patch. Instead, service lanes on both sides of the ongoing project will be provided so that traffic on the patch does not get disrupted. “Service lanes have been provided on the entire patch for the smooth flow of traffic. Besides, officials with the JP group and the Panchkula traffic police have been pressed into service to prevent traffic jams as experienced by commuters during the Ambala Zirakpur four laning project near Zirakpur,” added the official.

Status of structures in the project:

* Six-lane rail overbridge at Zirakpur — Work in progress
* Three minor bridges on Singh nallah — Construction on two bridges complete, one in progress
* Pedestrian underpass near Dhakoli — Work in progress
* Vehicular underpass near Sectors 2, 20 and 21 — Work in progress
* Six lane flyover at Majri Chowk — Work in progress
* Pedestrian underpass on the highway near DC office-Work in progress
* Six lane flyover at Chandimandir — Work in progress
* Underpass near Saket hospital — Work in progress
* Bridge parallel to existing bridge on Jhajra River — Work in final stage
* Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass -Construction work underway

19 killed in different road accidents in Karnataka

Add comment May 2nd, 2009

Bangalore : As many as 19 people have been killed in six different road accidents reported in Karnataka since last night, police said.

According to information reaching the police headquarters here, seven members of a family, including two children were killed, while two others injured, when a car in which they were travelling collided with a lorry last night near Bagepalli about 100 km from here late last night.

The victims, hailing from Dharmavaram in Andhra Pradesh, were returning home, when the lorry driver, while trying to overtake a vehicle, hit the car.

In another accident reported from Kolar last night, Deputy collector of Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh, his wife and another person were killed on the spot when a government car in which they were travelling collided with a truck on the outskirts of this town.

The dead were identified as Gangadhara Reddy, his wife Umadevi and car driver Swami. The couple’s daughter Meghana was seriously injured and admitted to a hospital in the town.

Near Hiriyur in Tumkur district, about 120 km from here, three persons were killed when a KSRTC bus collided with a lorry on NH 4 during the early hours today. The dead were identified as bus conductor Ananda, passenger Chinnamalai and a 18-month-old child Pradeep. 13 others were injured in the incident, police said.

In the fourth mishap occurred near Ankola in Uttara Kannada district this morning, four persons were killed when a ore-laden truck rammed into a tractor trailer near Sankanala village.

All the four travelling in the tractor died on the spot, while three others were injured. They deceased were identified as Veerappa, Chandragouda, Yellappa belonging to Hubli and Vittala Shetty of Sankanala. Nine persons were travelling in the ill-fated tractor, police said.

Basavaraja Kittale, a truck driver was killed when two trucks collided near Ranebennur APMC market, about 300 km from here, this morning.

In yet another mishap a motorbike rider Narayanaswamy, was killed near Shiglaghatta, about 60 km from here, when his vehicle was run over by a goods truck, police added.

14 killed in 2 accidents in Himachal

Add comment May 2nd, 2009

Shimla/Kangra: 14 persons were killed and 23 injured in two separate accidents in the state today. Seven persons were killed and 22 injured when a private bus rolled down the road near Maryog on the Solan-Rajgarh road on the border of Solan and Sirmaur districts around 1.30 am today.

Eyewitnesses said the driver of the bus (HP- 64-6001) lost control on the vehicle after it hit a parapet. While five persons were killed on the spot, two succumbed to injuries at the district hospital. The bus was on way from Solan to Shivpur.

The deceased were identified as Inderjit (23), Pushpender (22), Rukmani (55) and her daughter Pushpender Lata (23) of Nauradhar, Butinath (55) of Oili and Satyanand (54) of Swan village and Poonam.

While one seriously injured has been referred to the IGMC, Shimla, 21 have been admitted to the district hospital at Solan.

Some passengers alleged the driver (Joginder Singh) and the conductor (Manraj) had consumed liquor at Solan bus stand before embarking on the journey.

In Kangra, seven persons, including three schoolchildren, were killed when the Alto car that they were travelling in rolled down into a 500-foot-deep gorge on the Old Kangra-Nandrul road this afternoon. Four adults and four schoolchildren were on their way to Nandrul in the car (HP 40 A 3645).

Capt Harnam Singh (60), former pradhan of Nandrul who was driving the car, Om Prakash (58), Zulfi and Chanchala Devi (55), all residents of Nandrul village, were killed on the spot, while Sarika, class II student of GAV Public School, died on way to the Kangra Civil Hospital.

Kangra SMO Satish Sharma said Sarika was brought dead to the hospital, whereas Anjli, Sahil Choudary and Ankit, all between 8 and 11 years of age and students of the same school, were referred to Dr RP Government Medical College, Tanda, for treatment. Ankit and Sahil succumbed to their injuries there.

Eight die in Jharkhand road accident

Add comment April 30th, 2009

Ranchi, April 29, At least eight people were killed and 20 injured when a bus carrying a marriage party drove off a precipice in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand Wednesday, police said.

The bus carrying 30 people fell off the road in the Maldih valley of Hazaribagh, about 130 km from state capital Ranchi, when the driver lost control over the vehicle.

The bus was returning to Hazaribagh from Chatra district Wednesday morning.

A police officer said seven people died on the spot while one person succumbed even as he was being taken to hospital. “Condition of seven injured is said to be critical,” he added.

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