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Smooth flow on yatra day

Traffic volunteers in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Picture by Sanjib Mukherjee

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack, July 18: The traffic police had expected chaos today, but the vehicular movement in and around the twin cities remained smooth.

Though traffic rush on the highway towards Puri was not as high as expected, the cops were well prepared to handle the situation.

As many as 130 traffic personnel, along with 60 traffic volunteers and 180 National Cadet Corps cadets, had been deployed at various places in the cities for traffic management. Besides, 120 students of BJB College, Maharshi College, Rajdhani College and Naharkanta College helped the police manage the traffic.

Assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Jatindra Kumar Panda said adequate traffic personnel had been deployed at important junctions in the state capital. "We have deployed one police platoon each at four vulnerable places including Temple Square, Museum Square, Baramunda Square and Daya River Square. We have also deployed our men at five traffic aid posts to help visitors," said Panda.

Traffic was also smooth at Rasulgarh Square, which is considered as the most congested area because of traffic diversion to facilitate the construction of a flyover. The construction company has roped in 72 traffic marshals in three shifts to assist the police.

"We were expecting traffic congestion due to the festival but the traffic was very smooth. Even the traffic at Rasulgarh Square, which remains congested throughout the day, was quite smooth," said local resident Saroj Sahu.

The police had also formed a special patrolling unit to regulate the rush on the national highway No. 5 that connects the two cities. The cops had also made elaborate plans to check congestion and to regulate vehicular traffic from Calcutta and western parts of the state, especially from Balasore and Jajpur.

The special patrolling units comprising senior officials had been instructed to ensure free flow of vehicular traffic from Cuttack to Puri through the Nakhara bypass. Over 30 police platoons were deployed to maintain law and order and clear traffic during rath yatra and Id. Of these, five platoons comprising 100 officers had been exclusively assigned traffic duty.

"In Cuttack, five traffic aid posts had been set up on the national highway to monitor and regulate the vehicular movement from Jagatpur to Trisulia Chhak," said Cuttack deputy police commissioner Sanjeev Arora.

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