Government to construct truck terminals with a prime objective of reducing road accidents

The haphazard parking of trucks/lorries along the national and state highways have lately been the cause of accidents. Worried about the road accidents, the government of India has decided to construct truck terminals as part of the road safety programme.

On the same lines, the state government of Odisha has decided to spend INR 300 crore to construct 10 truck terminals as part of its road safety programme. One truck terminal each would come up at Sundargarh, Kendrapada, Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Nabarangpur, Jajpur, Berhampur, Keonjhar and Jagatsinghpur.

Usha Padhee, the commerce and transport secretary of the state on Friday has asked the works department to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) on the proposed construction of truck terminals.

To build the 10 truck terminals, the land required have already been identified. The INR 300 crore will be provided by the finance department out of the special assistance received from the Centre. The DPR as well as plan and estimate should be prepared for one truck terminal on 10 acre land, Padhee wrote.

The truck terminals will be equipped with facilities like a spacious parking area, dormitory with toilet, drinking water facility, canteen, food plaza, garage for repair of vehicles, ATM, fuel station and guard room.

The government of India with a prime objective of reducing accidents, in the past few months had planned to send a team of officials to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra for a detailed study of the functioning of truck terminals in those states.

At present, drivers have been parking along the state and national highways in a chaotic manner, causing frequent road accidents.

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