Despite grand carnival, cops manage traffic like pros
Kolkata: Kolkata Police have played an important role in managing the traffic in the city on Tuesday evening when the grand carnival was organised on Red Road attended by the Chief Minister and other dignitaries from various parts of the world.
The traffic police had already prepared a roadmap on how to manage traffic on the day of the grand event. Many roads were closed during a particular span of time but it hardly had any impact on the traffic movement on the other parts of the city. The traffic movements were normal on some of the other roads where there were no restrictions. It may be mentioned that Kolkata Police managed the traffic movement brilliantly during the days of Durga Puja in the city too. Movement of vehicles was restricted on various roads except the carnival-related immersion vehicles which were allowed to ply along Hospital Road North-bound from its crossing with AJC Bose Road. The roads that remained closed to vehicular traffic from 2 pm till the programme was over were Red Road, Lovers Lane, Queensway, East Bound, Plassey Gate Road, Esplanade Ramp and Kidderpore Road from Hastings crossing to Lovers Lane. Vehicles plied normally East-bound along Mayo Road and Outram Road. South-bound vehicles along Dufferin Road, Casurina Avenue and Hospital Road also plied normally. Vehicles also moved normally on West-bound along Theatre Road–Queensway and Hospital Road towards AJC Bose Road. Many senior officials of Kolkata Traffic Police were on the roads to control the movement of traffic and to ensure that there is no untoward incident. Due to KMDA road repairing and maintenance work, the traffic movement in the northern part of the EM Bypass was partially affected. Traffic movement remained closed from Vivekananda Road towards Five Point crossing from around 11 am on Tuesday. Traffic movement was also restricted on Amherst Street between Sukhia Street and Vivekananda Road from 12 pm. K P Road towards JN Island was closed from Hastings Crossing for a certain period of time too.