Keeping the growing challenge of managing traffic during Durga Puja in the twin city every year, the twin city police commissionerate has decided to take a slew of strategies to ensure smooth traffic movement in both Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
The police commisionerate has revealed the traffic strategies to make sure the puja revelers in both cities have an enjoyable time this year.
The police commissionerate has launched an SMS campaign to sensitize Durga Puja revelers about the importance of precautions to prevent snatching, burglary and thefts.
The short text messages read like this:
“You are requested to remain alert during Durga Puja rush. Take adequate precautions to prevent snatching and other crimes. Immediately inform the police or dial 100 if you come across any suspicious characters around you.”
As per sources, precautionary messages are being sent to the people of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack with the help of some telecom service providers.
“This is the best way to sensitize people, even though we have been spreading awareness among the citizens about the safety tips on our website, hoardings and public functions. We hope this will prevent snatching, theft and burglary.”
– RP Sharma, Police Commissioner
Special Squad to Monitor Anti-socials
Police said they have formed special squads to crack down on anti-socials. Night patrolling and blocking have been intensified, police said. Police have also roped in volunteers to help them prevent crimes and regulate traffic.
The Crowd Management Strategy
It will be a testing time for the city police to regulate traffic because major puja pandals are coming up on the roadsides in crowded areas. Traffic management had often gone for a toss around major puja pandals at Rasulgarh, Nayapalli, Old Station Bazaar and Kalpana in the past.
About 230 traffic police personnel currently man 55 traffic posts in the city. The department will deploy nearly 100 extra personnel of Odisha Auxiliary Police Force in the traffic wing. About 180 personnel will be diverted for traffic regulation around Puja pandals, while the rest will take care of the traffic posts.
With the city’s vehicle strength touching around six lakh (of which 70% are two-wheelers), police expect the influx of nearly 45,000 light vehicles to the city from Cuttack and Puri in the last three days of Puja.
The department has decided to divert vehicles on certain routes to avoid congestion at major Puja pandals like Nayapally, Saheed Nagar and Puri-Cuttack Road. Route diversion would be in effect on Navami and Dasami days.
The Puja organizers have been asked to create adequate parking lots near the Mandaps. Moreover, two cranes are on stand-by to tow away vehicles parked illegally on roadsides.
Courtesy: The Times of India