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Fresh fiat for pandal parking

Hawk-eyed traffic monitors will keep vigil on parking offenders to ensure a smooth ride for you this Durga Puja.

Additional district magistrate (law and order) Ajit Shankar, deputy superintendent of police (traffic) R.M. Sinha and motor vehicles inspector Awdesh Kumar held a meeting on Wednesday and decided that pandals, which attract heavy footfall, would have to create temporary parking areas.

Vehicles stationed beyond these demarcated zones and causing traffic snarls would be fined on the spot.

Sources said another meeting would be held with members of the Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti — an apex body of organisers — on Friday to earmark these temporary parking lots.

ADM Shanker said the sole objective of this special initiative was to prevent arteries of the city from clogging during the five-day festivities. “We primarily discussed how to keep the main roads clear so that people are not inconvenienced,” he said.

Traffic DSP Sinha stressed that they would ensure that other road rules were followed as well. “We will fine offenders on the spot. Parking vehicles outside designated spots will invite a penalty of Rs 500. Apart from this, tabs will be kept on eve-teasers, while unnecessary honking, use of pressure horns, black glasses on vehicle windows and riding without helmets will invite action,” said Sinha.

The concerted efforts are expected to check vehicle theft, which is common during Puja. “The parking areas will be doubly guarded. While Puja committees will deploy volunteers, our men will also be on patrol. Hence, bike thieves won’t have a free run,” the DSP said.

Sources said 11 pandals had been identified as biggest crowd-pullers. These are in Kasidih, Bhuiyandih, Tuiladungri (Golmuri), Sonari (central), Northern Town-Circuit House Area, Kadma (near Rankini Mandir), Hind Club (Rani Kudar), Telco, Sakchi (Aam Bagan), Sitla Mandir and G Town (Bistupur).

Though the parking zones will be finalised on Friday, Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti secretary Rambabu Singh said the Loyola School ground was likely to be used for Northern Town-Circuit House Area Puja, while the JRD Tata Training Centre would cater to parking needs of vehicles bound for celebrations at Tuiladungri.