The pandal of Satya Amar Lok in Ranchi on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
If chor-sipahi was among your favourite juvenile amusements, Durga Puja in Ranchi is here to trigger a surge of nostalgia.
In a Panchami appeal, the district administration and police urged revellers to train their mobile phone cameras on any object or subject of suspicion during pandal-hopping and inform police for immediate action.
The idea, aimed at safe celebrations, was part of an elaborate dos-and-don’ts list issued jointly by deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey, SSP Saket Kumar Singh and SP (traffic) Rajeev Ranjan on Wednesday.
Besides seeking photographic or video evidence against hazard objects and trouble-mongers, the capital’s guardians have also beseeched citizens to park vehicles at a definite and demarcated distance from crowded pandals. Residents have also been advised to keep distance from unclaimed bags and containers of any kind. Partying gangs may like to note that getting drunk near pandals and public places is strict no-no.
The district administration has also recommended that residents should make police aware of the sudden arrival of unidentified persons in their neighbourhoods, ignore rumours, follow traffic guidelines, keep patience in the face of adversities and take special care of children and elderly in crowded pockets.
Ranjan, who addressed a news conference in the afternoon, detailed the traffic plan between October 11 (Saptami) and 14 (Dashami).
“Entry into Main Road and Ratu Road will be barred from 4pm to 4am. Vehicles coming from the overbridge can go only up to Sainik Market at night. Similarly, city buses and auto-rickshaws coming from Dhurwa will go to Birsa Chowk, Doranda, Sujata Chowk, Bahubazar, Karbala Chowk and Survey Maidan,” he said.
According to plan, vehicles going to Ratu Road from Piska More will have to take the Pahari Mandir-Harmu Bypass route and then go via New Market Chowk.
Lalpur to Kokar Road will be one-way and vehicles cannot go beyond Kishoreganj on Harmu Bypass while entering from Ratu Road.
Vehicles going to Main Road cannot go beyond Darbhanga House. Those bound for Circular Road from Kutchery Road will not be allowed beyond the JPSC office.
Commuters coming from Bariatu Road will be stopped at Karamtoli Chowk.
Speaking of alternative routes, Ranjan said: “One can go to Piska More from the city using Argora-Kathal More Road.”
As many as 29 drop gates will be made at Shahid Chowk, Upper Bazar, Albert Ekka Chowk, Church Road, Radium Road, Nagababa Khatal, Kokar Chowk and other places to regulate traffic.
Also, 18 places have been identified for rush-hour parking. These will include Sainik Market, Survey Ground, Kishorganj, Gaushala, outside Judge Colony on Kanke Road, New Market auto stand, Zakir Hussain Park, Plaza Cinema, Kokar grounds, Ramgarh trekker stand, Durga Mandir, GEL Church Complex, near Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College, Lake Road, Jain Temple, Zilla School, Ranchi Sadar Hospital, Mission Chowk and Patel Chowk.