Police deployed at the Saheed Nagar puja mandap in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati
Bhubaneswar, Sept. 26: Police today enforced restrictions in the city for smooth traffic management during Durga Puja.
The police have banned the entry of heavy vehicles into the city between 4pm and 2am till October 1. Durga Puja will be celebrated in 172 pandals in the city this year.
No heavy vehicles will be allowed to ply on the city roads except the flyovers on the national highway passing through the city, a police notification said. However, keeping an eye on the people's convenience, passenger buses from Puri will be allowed in the city and the buses will reach Baramunda via Lingipur, Samantarapur, Rajmahal, Sishu Bhavan, Ganganagar and Fire Station. In the reverse direction, passenger buses from Bhubaneswar will take the same route and pass through Mausima Square from Sishu Bhavan Square and reach Kalpana Square.
To ensure a smooth flow of traffic near Rasulgarh and Nayapalli pandals, which are located beside the national highway, the police have set up two watchtowers near both the pandals.
"Both the watchtowers will be managed by our officers, who will assess the traffic and subsequently command the ground personnel to take requisite action," said assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Jatindra Kumar Panda.
Panda said eight platoons of police, around 100 traffic personnel and 20 officers had been deployed near pandals to manage the traffic.
"Parking lots have been created near these pandals, and we urge the residents to park their vehicles there. We will take action against people parking elsewhere and creating traffic chaos," he said.
The police said traffic management near Nayapalli, Rasulgarh, Saheed Nagar, Bomikhal and Old Station Bazar would be their top priority. The cops also requested city residents to use public transport during the Puja.