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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The streets in the State Capital City will soon get rid of abandoned vehicles that often create congestion and obstruct traffic as the Commissionerate Police (Traffic) today launched a special drive to remove old and unused vehicles parked along the pavements.

On the first day of the special drive, traffic police began towing away discarded vehicles from the stretches in Baramunda, Rasulgarh and Kalpana Square areas of the city.

DCP (Traffic) Soumya Mishra said the drive has been initiated following frequent complaints of residents who say the abandoned vehicles eat up huge space along the roads and lead to congestion, traffic problems and accidents.

The initiative will be extended to all parts of the capital city in the coming days, she said.

“We launched the special drive today under the Bhubaneswar Police District (UPD) to remove unattended old vehicles. Public announcements are being made in this regard. If the details of the owners are available, we directly contact them to remove the vehicles. If they fail to remove the vehicles, we will tow away the vehicles and keep them in a common yard,” Mishra said.

“In the first two days of the drive, our target is to remove the old vehicles from Rasulgarh, Baramunda and Kalpana Square areas,” she said.

Mishra urged the city-dwellers to take to social media or dial 100 to report if they come across any such unauthorised parking of unused vehicles along the roads.

“We request people to kindly contact us through social media like Twitter, Facebook or dial helpline number 100 if they notice such vehicles in their neighbourhood which are unattended and creating obstruction in movement. We assure that we will take measures accordingly,” she said.

“After the drive, when vehicle owners make claim through RTOs, we will release the vehicles after collecting penalty and other charges,” she added.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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