Rumblers & Signages To Replace Humps On Highways Soon: Minister

**Bhubaneswar:** All humps constructed along both the national highways (NHs) and state highways (SHs) will be replaced with rumblers and signages within a month while bus stands across Odisha will have air-conditioned rest sheds for drivers and bays to be built for truck parking at every 10-20 km patch along the NH crisscrossing the State.

In a bid to restrain the growing road mishaps in the State, the Government on Tuesday has initiated several measures in coordination with the stakeholders following which important decisions have been taken at an important meeting held on the day at the State Secretariat here presided over by the Transport Minister.

Briefing media soon after the meeting, Ramesh Majhi, Minister, Transport, Odisha said, “As the road mishaps are increasing day by day, we had a meeting today with the associations of bus owners and truck owners, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the officials of Works Department. We discussed about the mandatory use of speed governor in passenger buses, goods carrier trucks and school buses. School buses are not allowed to ply beyond a maximum speed of 60 kmph. Passenger buses and other commercial vehicles boarding passengers are not allowed to drive above 80 kmph. New vehicles have already been fitted with the speed governor while those old vehicles having permit to ply will now be snapped off if not fitted.”

On the humps along the national highway within the State, the Minister said, “The NHAI and Works Department officials have been asked to replace them with the requisite rumblers and signages within a month to contain road accidents. Wherever there is no need of median line on the road, the authorities have also been asked to do away with it.”

Debendra Sahoo, Secretary, Odisha Bus Owners’ Association said, “All humps along the highway across Odisha will be replaced with rumblers and signages within a month. Both the NHAI and Works Department have agreed to it. After the deadline, it will be reviewed here at the State Secretariat. Secondly, we proposed for an air-conditioned rest shed for the bus drivers at the respective bus stands across the State so that they could take rest after arrival as well as be imparted the necessary training by the Government there itself. The trainers like the RTOs, MVIs, Tata and Leyland companies can impart the drivers with the mandatory training and refresher course in those rest sheds. OSRTC MD has been intimated and the step will be taken soon.”

Rabi Satpathy, Secretary, Odisha Truck Owners’ Association said, “The chief general manager (CGM) of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been directed by the Transport Minister and Transport Commissioner to make arrangements for bays at every 10-20 km patch to park trucks and the NHAI has agreed to do so. All unauthorised cuts on the NH, that are also causing accidents, will also be done away with within the one month deadline. Wherever there will be public protest while executing it, necessary police protection will be provided to the NHAI officials.”