The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has written to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to develop pedestrian paths along NH 5. A 10-km stretch of NH-5 passes through the city.
BMC commissioner Krishan Kumar said in the letter that according to Urban Road Code notified by the Centre, it is mandatory to develop dedicated pedestrian paths and bicycle tracks of 2.5-metre width along the highway.
Due to lack of pedestrian paths, people are facing problems, said a road safety campaigner.
According to official sources, the NH-5 has passed through several important intersections. Starting from Palasuni to Khandagiri, the NH witnesses heavy traffic round-the-clock.
Taking strong exception to piling up of construction and demolition debris along the NH, the commissioner urged the NHAI to remove them.
The debris exposes citizens to grave danger. The waste is also likely to cause accidents. Moreover, it also creates a negative impression about civic management in the city.
Krishan Kumar, BMC Commissioner
The BMC has no authority to develop pedestrian paths on highways.
The BMC is planning to create new pedestrian paths and restore those which have been encroached on by street vendors.
Courtesy: The Times of India