Nuapada: Locals under the banner of Sachetana Nagarika Manch are observing a 12-hour bandh in Khariar of Nuapada district demanding improvement in the traffic management system in the town.
The bandh commenced from 7 am and will continue till 7 pm. The agitators were seen picketing at various places including Khariar Block chowk, Thana chowk, and Ambedkar chowk. Shops, markets, and educational institutions have been shut.
Khariar is the main town of Nuapada district. Many people from Boden, Sinapali, and Komna blocks of the district and also from neighbouring Bolangir and Kalahandi districts depend on the town.
Due to the lack of bypass road from Khariar town to Sinapali and Boden, accidents are happening at various times due to the passing of passenger buses including goods trucks through the town.
After the recent death of a person in a truck accident, the locals have taken to the streets demanding proper traffic management, bypass road, and no entry zone.