Jamshedpur, Sep 24: District administration rattled by increasing traffic snarls in the city has stepped up efforts for a congestion free and safe Durga Puja.
The district police in coordination with Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samity (JDPKS) have drawn up a plan for zonal parking system after demarcating those puja committees known for drawing large number of puja revelers during the five-day festivities.
The system which would be implemented from September 30 would have traffic constables and district police jawans with active support of JDPKS—the apex body coordinating activities of the 350 puja samitis in the city—enforcing parking of vehicles in specified localities and
visitors would have to walk for a certain distance to view the Durga Puja pandals.
JDPKS official said that the zonal parking system decision was taken in consultation with the senior superintendent of police (SSP).
“We supported the novel idea as it would not only help in decongesting traffic but also minimize chances of mishap and environmental pollution,” he said.
The district police would be issuing circular in this connection soon for the masses informing about the specific zones near the popular Durga puja pandals through advertisements and public hoardings.
The official said that based on popularity of previous years they have demarcated some of the ‘crowd pullers’ Durga puja pandals and planned the zonal traffic parking system.
“We would be organising a parking system at Loyola School Ground for the Circuit House puja committees while Tuiladungri Durga puja samity would have a parking system near the R D Tata Technical Center in Golmuri. Similarly, we would be making parking spot at Kadma Ganesh Puja maidan for three Durga puja pandals which draw maximum crowds in Kadma. For those going to Hume Pipe Durga puja would have to park their vehicles near Chhayanagar and vacant land near Sitaramdera bus terminus,” he said.
Several others spots for Kasidih Durga puja and Telco durga puja wouldbe finalised in a day or two.
The zonal parking system would have local puja committees authorized members collecting a nominal amount as parking fees.
This apart, district police mobile vans and traffic police personnel deputed at strategic locations would be keeping a tab on traffic law violators and rowdy teenage bike riders.
“We would be enforcing spot fine and punishment for traffic violators who do not wear helmets and exceed speed limit. We would also initiate action against owner of the vehicle in case the riders are minors,” the official said.