Vehicular population of the capital city has increased by more than three times in 10 years, informed Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi replying to a question of BJD MlA Debasis Nayak in the State Assembly on Saturday. The Minister informed that the total number of vehicles in the city is 9, 76,995 by the end of the year 2014 against 3, 07,126 of 2004.
In two-wheelers category, the statistics said, the number of vehicles has increased from 2, 46,244 in 2004 to 7, 41, 386 in 2014. In cars category, the number has increased from 22,244 in 2004 to 1, 10,788 in 2014.
Within 10 years, the city has also witnessed significant rise in number of other vehicles, goods vehicle (from 9,556 to 39,758), bus (1,586 to 3,151), taxi (6,236 to 18,174), jeep (4,816 to 12,384), auto rickshaw (8,390 to 27,943), tractor (5,159 to 14,988) and others (2,895 to 8,423).
On human resources of city traffic, Majhi said that one Inspector, three Sub Inspectors (SI), two Additional Sub Inspectors (ASI), 12 Havildars, 83 Constables and a driver from the Home Department and an Additional RTO along with five TIs and 10 Constables from the Transport Department had been engaged in 2004, but now two Inspectors, three SIs, eight ASIs, 20 Havildars, 163 Constables and two drivers from the Home Department and an Additional RTO along with two TIs and four Constables from the Transport Department are controlling the traffic in the city.