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Delhi Traffic Police makes elaborate arrangements ahead of New Year’s eve

In order to ensure commuters have a hassle-free experience on Delhi roads while they are out partying on New Year’s eve, Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements on various traffic routes across the city with special focus on areas in the vicinity of Connaught Place in Central Delhi.

In case drivers will be found overspeeding, jumping red light, carrying persons in goods carriage, driving under the influence of liquor and drugs and using mobile phone while driving, their license will be suspended and impounded for a period not less than three months.

“Apart from being fined up to Rs 2,000, punishment of suspension of driving license and jail terms may also be awarded to the those who drive drunk,” said Anil Kumar Ojha, joint commissioner of traffic (Operations).

The drive was launched last year and more than 13,000 licenses have been seized till now. Among several restrictions imposed in the heart of Delhi, no vehicle will be allowed to proceed towards CP beyond certain points including Mandi House, Bengali Market, DDU Marg crossing, GPO and Patel Chowk, said the officer.

These restrictions will be imposed from 8 PM onwards tomorrow till the conclusion of new year celebrations. All private and public transport vehicles will come under the ambit of this plan, as per the traffic advisory, he said.

In addition to this, no vehicular traffic will be allowed in inner, middle or outer circle of Connaught Place. For the convenience of motorists, a few areas have been marked to park the vehicles near CP. These include parking spaces near Gol Dak Khana, near Patel Chowk on Rakab Ganj Road behind AIR, near Mandi House on Copernicus Marg up to Baroda House, near Minto Road on DD Upadhaya Marg and Press Road area, near Windsor Place among others.

Limited parking space will be available near Connaught Place on first come first serve basis. Unauthorised parked vehicles shall be towed away and prosecuted, as per the traffic police instructions.

Besides this, arrangements have also been made at places like Saket, Greater Kailash, Defence Colony, Nehru Place, Dwarka, Mayur Vihar area and others which are susceptible to traffic jams.

Diversions will be made in these areas and local markets on the need basis and extra staff has been deployed at these places. For hassle-free commuting, motorists have been advised to use alternative routes available for North-South and East-West directions.

According to the police, for those heading towards New Delhi Railway station, entry from Connaught Place Chelmsford Road will be prohibited. As an alternative, motorists can take Second Entry Gate of Ajmeri Gate side. They can reach the station via Pahar Ganj Shiela Cinema or through Ajmeri Gate JLN Marg side via BSZ Marg Delhi Gate JLN Marg.

In co-ordination with local police and PCR, special pickets to check stunts on motorcycles, over speeding, reckless driving, zig-zag and dangerous driving will be placed at vulnerable locations. 

More than 2,000 security personnel, including from ITBP, CRPF, RAF, will be deployed at Connaught Place that will witness a huge crowd of revelers on New Year’s eve on Saturday. Cops from Special Branch will also be present in plainclothes at restaurants to ensure that festivities go peacefully.

Entry will be restricted to Connaught Place post 8.30 pm as residents of the area, with valid ID cards and families with invitation cards of restaurants or car parking stickers will be allowed, he said.

Groups of boys without any proof of booking at any restaurant won’t be allowed entry. There will be five arrest parties and PCR vehicles will be patrolling the area. 
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