Bhubaneswar, Aug. 10: Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police will impose restrictions on the movement of vehicles around Mahatma Gandhi Marg for three days from tomorrow when rehearsals for the Independence Day parade begin there.
Sources said the rehearsals would be held from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday while on Monday, they would be held from 7am to 10.30am. During this period, vehicles would not be allowed to ply on Mahatma Gandhi Marg.
The same restrictions would be effective on August 15, when the state-level parade would be held. Traffic restrictions on that day would start from 6.30am and continue till the end of the parade.
All approach roads to Mahatma Gandhi Marg would be sealed off and only pedestrians would be allowed to enter the parade venue. The sale of gas balloons and any dangerous or explosive substances would also be prohibited in the area between PMG Square and Master Canteen Square on Independence Day from 6.30am till the end of the parade.
According to a notice issued by the police, heavy vehicles would not be allowed to come towards Master Canteen Square either from the Ram Mandir crossing or from Raj Mahal Square on these days during the parade hours.
However, there would be no restrictions on two-wheelers and light vehicles coming to Master Canteen Square from Ram Mandir and Raj Mahal Square. But such vehicles would not be allowed to enter Mahatma Gandhi Marg.
Vehicles coming towards Rabindra Mandap Square from Acharya Vihar would be diverted to the left, near Keshari Talkies. Vehicles bound for PMG Square from AG Square would be diverted near Jayadev Bhavan towards IG Park. Those coming from the 120 Infantry Battalion crossing and heading towards Rabindra Mandap would be diverted towards Unit-IV at the MLA Colony crossing.
“People are advised to take lanes to reach their destinations on these days,” said a senior police officer.
For parking on Independence Day, the city police have designated some open spaces near the parade road.
Those coming from Master Canteen Square would have to park their vehicles at the BDA bus stand near the railway station and on the open space in front of the Congress Bhavan.
Those coming from AG Square would be asked to use the open space in front of Idcol auditorium and Jayadev Bhavan for parking.
Vehicles coming towards Rabindra Mandap Square may be parked on the open space in front of State Bank of India and the Rabindra Mandap compound. Khandia Park in Unit-III and the Girls’ High School ground in Unit-II have been identified as parking spaces.
“We hope people will cooperate with us on these days,” said a traffic cop.