Kolkata Police to put several restrictions in place to ensure hassle-free traffic movement
Kolkata: Kolkata Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for Mahalaya on Saturday as well as the upcoming Durga Puja days.
In view of safety and security of the people, several roads have been made no-entry on Saturday. Several major roads will be closed for vehicular traffic during Puja days as well.
According to the arrangements, no goods vehicles will be allowed to move along Strand Road and Saint Georges Gate Road between Raja Woodmunt Street and Hastings crossings from 4 am to 4 pm on Saturday.
All vehicles, except those carrying devotees, will be diverted from Clyde Road, Commissariat Road crossing, Clyde Road and Saint Georges Gate Road crossing towards Kidderpore Road.
Auckland Road and Kingsway will be closed for all types of vehicles except those carrying devotees from Govt Place (West) Plassey Gate Road crossing.
Apart from Mahalaya, measures have also been taken for the Puja committees coming to Kumartuli for collection of Durga Puja idols from Saturday to Friday.
Goods vehicles, except those connected with the carrying of idols, will be diverted to move along Strand Road, Nimtala Ghat Street, B K Pal Avenue, Jatindra Mohan Avenue and Girish Avenue for both up and down journeys, instead of Rabindra Sarani.
Though there are restrictions on movement of goods vehicles from Monday to Saturday, those carrying idols or going to collect idols can move across the city from 2 pm on Saturday to 4 am on Friday.
During Durga Puja days, several major roads in the city will be closed for any kind of vehicular movement from Chaturthi on Wednesday. Only vehicles of local residents will be allowed to move on these roads, but for that they will have to collect passes which need to be pasted on the vehicle.
As per the arrangement, 25 roads in North Kolkata, 22 Roads in Central Kolkata, 26 roads in South and South East Kolkata and 16 roads in South West and South Suburban Kolkata will be closed from 3 pm to 2 am on Chaturthi and Panchami.
The restriction will be extended to 3 am on the day of Sasthi and 4 am on Saptami, Ashtami and Nabami. Apart from cars, buses will also be diverted across the city and some of the terminuses will also be shifted from their place.