Deadline For Road Repair

The State Government today set March 5 as deadline for urgent repairs of roads in Odisha that are in bad shape in different districts, official sources said.

The District Collectors have been asked to rectify the roads, those that have been identified as having engineering defects.
Transport Commissioner, MS Padhi told Media after attending a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary AP Padhi.

He said the officials of engineering departments have been asked to complete the repair of roads by March 5.

These defective portions of the National Highway and State Highways are identified as 'black spots' where accidents take place frequently.

The Chief Secretary has issued clear instructions to complete the road repair works in the next three months and an intensive traffic awareness campaign will be launched across the State.

As per plans, people residing on both side of various under construction projects including four-laning roads will be informed about ongoing construction activities.

A special campaign will also be undertaken to create awareness among drivers and supporting staff of trucks and buses, he said

This apart, the State Government has planned to set up a state management group comprising heads of different departments, which will be entrusted with the job of creating awareness.

The Chief Secretary has also instructed proper implementation of traffic rules to reduce road accident casualty.

"The traffic volunteer system will be implemented in four cities like Rourkela, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Balasore. Student volunteers will be roped in the system which will be extended to other cities in phased manner," he said.

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