Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) delegation led by its President J P Sharma met Raj Tilak Roushan – Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Nagpur City and submitted him suggestions with regard to ease of traffic flow at Jai Stambh Square and Ram Jhula in public interest. VTA also handed over memorandum highlighting issues which require urgent consideration for the ease of the road users
Sharma said that from the very beginning VTA had been highlighting that the opening of Phase II of Ram Jhula will bring no relief to the Jai Stambh Traffic mess and had suggested in our 2017 representation to the State government, MSRDC and NMC that only permanent solution is by connecting divider of Ram Jhula to Kingsway, which we have observed has been done in the past few days.
Sharma said that although if this remains permanently closed then it is fine as VTA support this. But if it is again to be opened for traffic in future, then the RCC divider of Phase II which has been extended further into the Jai Stambh Square, should be reduced appropriately.
Tejinder Singh Renu, Secretary VTA, submitted that since right turn from Railway Station towards Central Avenue is closed; few road users travel wrong side from Phase I towards Mayo Hospital Square and the ‘S’ Band while descending towards east causes blind spot which may lead to serious accidents. Hence, traffic cop should be posted for few weeks on Phase I at Jai Stambh Square to control this and book those who violate the law. Similarly, traffic coming from Manas Bhawan Square moves to Shreemohini (Kingsway Hospital) Square for U-turn; therefore it’s recommended that traffic movement timing from Kingsway to LIC square be increased by 15-20 seconds so that sufficient time is available for the traffic to clear.
Renu further said that service road in front of Ram Mandir on both sides should technically be one-way; however both sides’ traffic ply on these narrow service roads including buses, which mostly cause traffic jams; therefore appropriate size of ‘one-way’ and ‘no-entry’ signboards should be installed so that with time people start following it and occasionally appoint traffic police to penalise such offenders for quicker change.
Appreciating VTA’s suggestions DCP Traffic Raj Tilak Roushan assured that he will certainly consider the recommendations and assured to issue appropriate orders so that some further relief is brought to the commuters on these important stretch of the city. Also present in VTA delegation were Rajesh Kanungo and Rahul Agrawal.