Odisha’s Commissionerate Police is set to introduce ‘lane-driving’ on the National Highway No. 16, connecting the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. The proposal has been made to deal with the traffic problem.

Traffic DCP Sagarika Nath wrote a letter to the Principal Secretary of the Home Department, requesting the government to call a meeting to build consensus for the lane-driving project on NH-16.

Currently, there are three lanes on each side of the road connecting Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. However, there is no segregation of vehicles with different speed and size.

Commissionerate Police’s proposal states that the slowest traffic should remain to the left, while the fastest vehicles should be driven in the right most lane.

“The lane driving which is being followed worldwide can play a crucial role in increasing the speed of vehicles and thereby reduce time in covering the journey. Similarly, lane discipline will eliminate overtaking by vehicles which is the reason behind road accidents and reduce fatalities,” Traffic DCP stated in his letter to Principal Secretary.

At present, commuters take close to 45 minutes to reach Cuttack from Bhubaneswar or vice-versa. However, the Commissionerate Police believes that a disciplined lane-driving will reduce the travel time on the six-lane highway.