Report;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta
TRAFFIC JAMS DUE TO AUTO-RICKSHAW MENACE COMMON SIGHT(!).
Berhampur,21/05/19:The unruly auto-rickshaw menace is yet another issue which has added to the Berhampur city residents' woes. Most of the auto-rickshaws are ferrying passengers illegally without valid documents on the roads. Besides, reckless driving and abrupt stoppages by them in the middle of the roads is another major cause of accidents.
There are several busy points in the city where huge traffic points are witnessed on regular basis. These areas include Komapalli,Tata Benz, Gate Bazar,Annapurna Market Jn,One way traffic road,BIjipur,PVN Rao Petrol pump Junction, Tata Benz - Komapalli,New Bus stand - Goilundi and mainly at Convent School and De-Paul School among others.
The traffic Cops made many awareness programmes, imposed penalty, seizure of DL and RC books etc..Still the auto-rickshaw drivers stop their vehicle anywhere, creating chaos on the roads. In a bid to get passengers, they even take a halt in the middle of the roads, resulting in traffic jams for a long time.
Besides, most of the auto-rickshaws carry passengers more than their capabilities. It poses threat to the lives of not only passengers but other commuters on the roads.
As per transport norms, auto-rickshaws are permitted to carry passengers inside the municipal corporation limits- the entry points and the periphery of the city, which connecting to Berhampur Municipal Corporation from Hinjilut, Digapahandi, Haladia Padar, Ambapua and Gopalpur.
Inspite of strict instruction from Berhampur Police District Office and all kind of efforts moments of PCR vans extended by Berhampur Traffic (L.O) its surprising how and why they are not enduring the rules (?).
Senior Citizens and residents of the city are appealing to the authorities to take required action against these unauthorised road show so that people should not suffer from regular accidents and traffic snarls.
No doubt the role of Auto-rickshaws also have a major contribution keeping in view of the needy of public and attending at public door when required.