Police will tow away or clamp illegally parked cars and impose traffic curbs to keep vehicles moving on VIP Road and in Salt Lake during Puja.
Bidhannagar City police, in its first Puja as a commissionerate, has decided do away with fines and just tow away or clamp vehicles to stop illegal parking on the airport artery.
“We have found that illegal parking is the main reason behind congestion on VIP Road and decided to take stern measures as a spot fine of Rs 100 does not help,” said a senior officer.
He added the force was buying around 500 clamps and would bring towing vehicles from the city proper in order to execute its plans.
The crackdown on illegal parking will begin on Panchami (October 19) and continue till the last day for idol immersion (October 29).
Among other restrictions, cycle-rickshaws would not be allowed to ply on VIP Road between 5pm and 4am on Puja days.
“Cars headed towards the city from the airport will be diverted to Rajarhat Expressway from the Haldiram’s crossing to reduce the load on VIP Road. However, those who stay on residential pockets beside the airport artery will be allowed to proceed towards Ultadanga if they can produce address proof,” said the police officer.
The police are planning to designate areas in Salt Lake, New Town, Lake Town and Baguiati no-parking, no-entry and one-way zones.
Roads around the FD Block and AK Block pujas in Salt Lake might be made no-entry and no-parking zones.
Heavy and medium goods vehicles will not be allowed in Salt Lake, Patipukur, Dum Dum Underpass, the Kaikhali crossing, Baguiati and major arterial roads in New Town, Lake Town and Belghoria Expressway between 4pm and 4am during Puja.
“Over the past few years, Pujas in Lake Town, Salt Lake, Dum Dum Park and Baguiati have attracted more people than those in Calcutta. Hence, we have decided to intensify traffic restrictions,” said Pranab Kumar, deputy commissioner of traffic, Bidhannagar City police.
The cops also plan to designate 15 spots along VIP Road as fee parking zones and are clearing shrubs and bushes for the purpose with the help of South Dum Dum Municipality.
“We have taken the necessary permission from the forest department. Cars will be parked on a part of the service road along VIP Road,” said an officer.