Smooth Traffic Management Ensures Hassle-Free Puja For Pandal-Hoppers
GUWAHATI: Guwahati sees a massive influx of commuters during Durga Puja. Most years, Guwahatians end up spending more time stuck in traffic jams than in visiting puja pandals. However, this year, the scenario was completely different owing to the smooth traffic management.
It is the task of Guwahati Traffic Police (GTP) to ensure that no roads are blocked during puja and this year, they have been rightly applauded for the same.
"I have personally experienced non-congested roads during evening hours in areas like Athgaon, Sarabhatti, etc which are generally over-crowded,” expressed a resident of Athgaon.
In the same vein, a pandal-hopper told G Plus, “Guwahati Traffic Police is to be thanked for keeping the traffic moving with meticulous planning and execution. For the first time in years, the spirit of festivity wasn’t dithered by getting stuck in crazy traffic jams.”
Speaking to G Plus on the occasion of Dussehra, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Prasanta Saikia said, "I've received lots of appreciation for traffic management during puja and it gives me immense happiness to have successfully ensured smooth traffic during puja days as well as during immersion."
He added that team spirit among policemen, good enforcement and cooperation from the public resulted in smooth traffic.
Keeping in mind the safety of public, especially vulnerable road users like children, women, senior citizens and differently-abled persons on the roads during the period of Durga Puja, the GTP had imposed various traffic restrictions across the city ahead of the festival.
The GTP released a list of guidelines for vehicles that included routes for movement of city buses, routes for movement of light commercial vehicles, parking of vehicles and no entry restrictions, among others.
“Our sole effort is to make Durga Puja celebrations in the city a hassle free one,” Saikia had said while issuing the guidelines.
Guwahati Traffic Police collects Rs 1.72L fine during Durga Puja
Under the amended Motor Vehicle (MV) Act 2019, the Guwahati Traffic Police (GTP) collected fines worth Rs. 1.72 lakhs during Durga Puja festivities that were observed from October 5 to October 8, 2019.
As per reports, a total of 630 cases were booked, wherein 161 persons were fined on the spot and 369 non FIR cases were recorded during the four days.
“While the entire city was engrossed in festivities, our team of traffic police remained on duty to ensure smooth traffic. Apart from controlling the traffic, policemen also monitored traffic violations and kept a check on drunk drivers, people travelling without helmets, etc,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Prasanta Saikia informed G Plus.
He further added that over 120 cases of drunk driving were registered during the festival and over 40 licenses were also seized for suspension.
The new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019 was implemented in Guwahati from September 24, Tuesday. Under the Act, the penalty for traffic violations was increased by 5 to 10 times in different cases.
On the first day of implementation, that is, September 24, the city police realised merely Rs 84,500 from a total of 77 cases of violations. The next day, Rs 94,500 was realised off 106 cases while on the third day, a whopping Rs 1, 50,500 was realised from 156 cases.
Meanwhile, Kamrup (Metro) district saw a total of 19 road traffic accidents during the four days of Durga Puja, as per reports by Mrityunjoy 108 ambulance service.
Out of this, on October 5 or Saptami, Guwahati witnessed no road traffic accidents. However, one accident was reported on October 6, while 8 accidents were reported on October 7 and 10 cases were reported on the day of Dussehra, that is, on October 8.
It may be mentioned here that a total of 550 accidents were reported to Mrityunjoy 108 ambulance service across Assam during the four days of Durga Puja. While Kamrup (metro) district topped the list with 19 road accidents, Golaghat witnessed second highest number of accidents with 13 cases and Morigaon was third with 12 cases.