Get ready to crack snarls this Diwali

A festive week that begins with Diwali on October 19 and ends with Chhath on October 26 is likely to bring the steel city to a screeching halt.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 14.10.17
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A festive week that begins with Diwali on October 19 and ends with Chhath on October 26 is likely to bring the steel city to a screeching halt.

Barely a month after civic guardians cracked down on parking rogues and shopkeepers with illegal extensions in Sakchi and Bistupur, the mess is back on the roads.

Important arteries in Sakchi market such as the Straight Mile stretch between Ramleela Ground and Sakchi roundabout, Thakurbari Road, Aambagan Road, Tin Shed Road, Kalimati Road and the thoroughfare connecting Basant Talkies to Kasidih are already witnessing snarls even during relaxed hours.

"Before Durga Puja, the district administration had cracked down on encroachers, imposed fines on shopkeepers and towed away vehicles parked illegally. With Diwali approaching, the chaos is back on roads. While negotiating Straight Mile Road, I suffered bruises on my arms because of a rogue auto," said Sudeep Bhowmick, a Baradwari jewellery shop owner.

In September, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee and police had swung into action penalising shopkeepers. However, no such drive has yet been planned in the city to tackle the Diwali and Chhath rush.

In Bistupur, the situation is the same with snarls on the N-Road stretch between traffic signal and Tilak Pustakalaya and near Kamani Center and J-Road.

"Illegal parking has returned to haunt Bistupur. A series of surprise checks on two-wheelers and cars by traffic police had generated fear among people who refrained from flouting rules for a few days. But all that has been forgotten. I lost my balance after a car hit my bike on Thursday," said Divesh Makhani, a Bistupur-based trader.

SDO Dhalbhum Madhvi Mishra assured of action to address the issue. "I will speak to police and initiate steps to stop illegal parking especially during festivals. After Diwali and Chhath, we will chalk out a strategy to prevent its recurrence," Mishra said.

Licence to 331

Dhalbhum SDO Madhvi Mishra on Friday issued temporary licences to 331 firecracker sellers for Diwali. They have been directed to keep sand buckets and fire extinguishers at their shops.

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