Finalise mobility plan for Nabakalebar, officials told

Anticipating congregation of more than 30 lakh devotees during Nabakalebar of Lord Jagannath in 2015, the State government has asked the authorities of Bhubaneswar and Puri to step up their efforts to finalise Comprehensive Mobility Plan for regulating vehicles. It is apprehended that huge flow of devotees will clog five urban local bodies such as Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack, Khurda, and Konark.

The State government is currently taking up road expansion and laying of new connecting roads to ease the pressure on traffic during Nabakalebar -- a unique ritual associated with Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra in which present idols are replaced with new ones. The 2015-Nabakalebar will be taking place after a gap of 19 years.

The Puri-Konark Development Authority has been asked to earmark parking places for buses outside the holy town of Puri while parking for light vehicles such as cars and motorcycles closer to the city and certain places within the city.

As part of preparation for Nabakalebar, the Birapratapur (on Puri-Bhubaneswar Road) – Jankia (on NH-5) road which is known as New Jagannath Sadak, has already been taken up. According to sources, the road is being developed as a two-lane carriage way and efforts are on to complete it by 2014.

Construction of Gop-Balighai (on Puri-Konark) Road is already on. Construction of the high-level bridge at Netapur has already been started and improvement of entire 18-km road has been taken up.

Those who want to go to Puri from Cuttack without touching busy capital city roads could take Phulnakhara-Charichak-Gop Road. The four-laning of initial three km stretch has already been taken up. It has been proposed to improve further eight km during the year 2012-2013. The total length of the route is 54 km.

There has been no development on the proposed Jatni-Pipili-Nimapada-Konark Road.

Other roads such as Bira Harkrushnapour (on Bhubaneswar-Puri Road) and Baliguali (on Puri-Konark Road) and Malatipur (on Bhubaneswar-Puri Road) and Balukhand (on Puri-Konark Road) that would serve a bye-pass road to Puri have been proposed to be developed.

NHAI to be moved

The State government decided to move National Highway Authority of India requesting the latter to develop some buffer parking places on the NH-203 to reduce congestion during peak traffic hours. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will be requested to place funds for development of roads that connect Puri with other important tourist destination.

The Comprehensive Mobility Plan would help the police department to control rush of vehicles at different places.

Sources in the Home Department say any minor glitch in plan will throw life out of gear in the region between Bhubaneswar and Puri during celebration of Nabakalebar.

State taking up road expansion work

The unique ritual is taking place after 19 years

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