Venkataramaiah seeks deployment of traffic constables on the road
The main approach road to Duvvada railway station with increasing traffic continues to be choked.
The station has heavy traffic with 32 pairs of trains halting at Duvvada. Around 10 lakh people live in the steel plant, BHPV, NTPC and Zinc townships, Gajuwaka, VSEZ and three wards of GVMC and 14 nearby villages use the railway station.
The 2 km approach road is hardly enough to allow smooth flow of traffic with thousands of commuters and VSEZ employees with frequent traffic jams, says Gajuwaka MLA Chintalapudi Venkataramaiah.
Though heavy vehicles were not allowed in peak hours they also move in wrong direction from Mustafa Junction to the auto stand.
Generally, autos are parked in the middle of the road right from the RTC Bus Stop, with shopkeepers and hawkers encroaching upon the rest of the road leaving hardly any parking space.
Aggressive driving, overtaking and driving in the wrong direction had resulted in injuries to some persons and few died in accidents, Mr. Venkataramaiah said in letters to Police Commissioner B. Shivdhar Reddy and Visakhapatnam MP and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari.
The MLA urged them to take up the issue with the VSEZ and to widen the 2 km-long road to 100 feet. He wanted the necessary funds to be released.
He urged the Police Commissioner to deploy traffic constables to avoid accidents and heavy fines be imposed on violators of traffic rules.
Mr. Venkatramaiah urged the VUDA Vice-Chairman to take steps for widening the existing 30-feet road from Aganampudi to National Highway junction to 100-feet.