Encroachments, illegal parking add to traffic woes in Baripada

Baripada: Thanks to haphazard parking and encroachments, pedestrians as well as commuters are now having harrowing time on major streets in Baripada town in Mayurbhanj district. Street vendors have encroached upon bulk of the space on major thoroughfares thereby squeezing the lanes meant for commuters.

“Encroachers have occupied bulk of space on both sides of road at different parts. This is creating problems for us during peak hours,” said Bansidhar Barik, a local resident.

Lack of stringent action in the form of eviction drive is likely to create problems for residents as well as devotees during the upcoming Rath Yatra festival which is also celebrated in a grand manner here.

According to residents, local administration as well as shopping malls are responsible as traffic chaos owing to absence of proper parking provisions.

Baripada municipality chairperson, Babita Das on the other hand claimed that adequate steps are being taken to streamline traffic movement in the town.

“We are aware of such traffic problems. We will soon meet SP and Collector for carrying out a joint eviction drive so that the roads are made encroachment free before the Rath Yatra festival,” said Das.