Police issue rules for smooth traffic movement on counting day
Kolkata: Kolkata Police have made elaborate arrangements for traffic management on the counting day.
A no-entry rule will be imposed on several roads and there will be one-way vehicular movement on many thoroughfares.
Such rules will be put in place in addition to the normal traffic restrictions. Passengers, who are scheduled to catch flights or trains on Thursday, have been requested to commence
their journey with sufficient time in hand.
According to sources, Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner of Police (CP) had issued a circular in connection with the Lok Sabha Elections. These restrictions were imposed on May 18 and 19. Same restrictions will be imposed on Thursday.
As per the circular, no vehicles, except election-related ones will be allowed to be parked near the vicinity of any counting centre on Thursday.
Also, vehicular movement may also be diverted from any of the major, minor, arterial roads and feeder roads by the traffic police as and when required.
According to the circular, West-bound small vehicles except vehicles of Calcutta High Court and Election Commission (EC) on Auckland Road will be diverted further north from All India Radio (AIR) along Govt. Place (West) and buses will be diverted further west from Chittaranjan Das's Statue along Kingsway. Also, West-bound vehicles along Judges Court Road will be diverted towards North along Baker Road from Gopal Nagar Crossing after making Baker Road both way, whereas West-bound vehicles along Hazra Road will also be diverted from Hazra Crossing and Harish Mukherjee Road and Hazra Road Crossing.
Beltola Road will be closed for vehicular traffic from Sarat Bose Road towards East and Paddapukur Road will remain one way (east to west) between Sarat Bose Road and Beltala Road and Love Lock Place, except property line vehicles as and when considered necessary by the traffic police officials. Love Lock Place will remain one way from East to West from Ballygunge Circular Road to Beltala Road.
"Measures will be taken for smooth traffic movement. Passengers, who need go to airport or railway stations, are requested to keep some time in hand. Airport-bound passengers may avail Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass for their journey," said a senior traffic police official.