Pradeep Pattanayak

Three days after joining duty as DCP Traffic of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack (Twin city), S Sushree has set her plans to streamline vehicular traffic in the State Capital city into motion.

The 2018 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre, Sushree said on Friday that she will put her first emphasis on clearing the left freeway at traffic squares on the arterial roads of the State capital city free. This will enable the unhindered movement of ambulance and vehicles wanting to take left at these squares which are often blocked by unruly motorists.  

While conducting a ground assessment of the traffic scenario in Bhubaneswar on Friday, the new DCP found the left freeways at most of the signals blocked. She visited the Master Canteen Square, Capital Hospital Square, AG Square, Rabindra Mandap Square, Nalco Square and a few others wherein she found motorists blocking the left freeway while waiting for the signal to turn green. She urged the motorists to leave the left side free and obey the traffic rules. 

“Henceforth, stringent action will be taken against those who are found violating traffic rules,” she warned. She also laid emphasis on getting the footpaths clear from encroachments so that pedestrians don’t face problems. 

 “I visited the traffic squares and identified some places where congestion is a problem. At the same time, I have identified some squares that are devoid of traffic signals for freeway, for example the AG Sqaure. In this regard, I have already written to the higher-ups, requesting for the installation of traffic signals. Till then, we will manage the congestion manually,” she told reporters. 

“I request motorists to keep the left freeway clear so that people in medical emergency and those who have to take left don’t face problems,” she said. 

Sushree took charge as DCP, Traffic in the Twin city on January 4. Prior to this, Sushree, a native of Kollam in Kerala, was the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Kesinga in Kalahandi district.