Traf­fic cops chalk out plan to un­clog roads be­fore fes­ti­val

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­

BELAPUR: While the satel­lite city is look­ing at a busy fes­tive sea­son ahead, the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic depart­ment is gear­ing up to en­sure there are no traf­fic snarls dur­ing this time.

The depart­ment is con­duct­ing a sur­vey to chalk out the ar­eas which are pri­mar­ily con­gested.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers, park­ing prob­lems in­crease and fur­ther add to the chaos.

“Af­ter the sur­vey, we will de­ploy a num­ber of traf­fic of­fi­cers un­der each unit. They will be posted at busy spots to mon­i­tor the traf­fic. Be­sides, if cer­tain ar­eas are found to be more prob­lem­atic than usual, we will de­mar­cate them as nopark­ing zones,” said Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( traf­fic), Navi Mum­bai.

Salve said a sim­i­lar sur­vey was done last year and ar­eas such as Sec­tor 9, Sec­tor 10 in Vashi, APMC, the area near Vashi rail­way sta­tion, Sec­tor 14 in Kopar Khairane were some of the places which faced heavy traf­fic jams dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

The traf­fic depart­ment also held a meet­ing with the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRTC) and pri­vate bus ser­vice providers to urge them to buy passes or the toll tick­ets in ad­vance dur­ing a meet­ing held on Thurs­day at the deputy com­mis­sioner’s of­fice ( traf­fic di­vi­sion) at Belapur.

“Although Ganeshot­sav be­gins from Septem­ber 17, the traf­fic move­ment in­creases a week be­fore. Thus, we are try­ing to take steps to en­sure free traf­fic move­ment and less chaos dur­ing the pe­riod,” said San­jay Dhaygude, deputy RTO, Vashi.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, peo­ple start trav­el­ling a week be­fore the fes­ti­val be­gins and this in­creases the num­ber of buses at the toll nakas in the city.

“Thus, to en­sure that there are shorter queues at the toll nakas, we have asked t he MSRTC and pri­vate bus author­i­ties to buy the toll passes in ad­vance,” said Salve.

Along with this the traf­fic depart­ment has also de­cided to up­grade its traf­fic app and add no­ti­fi­ca­tion fea­ture for mo­torists to know the traf­fic sta­tus dur­ing the fes­ti­val time.

No­ti­fi­ca­tions will be added to the app, which will pop up and give de­tails about busy routes, traf­fic con­di­tions and di­ver­sions, said the of­fi­cer.

To en­sure that there are shorter queues at the toll nakas dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, we have asked the MSRTC and pri­vate bus author­i­ties to buy the toll passes in ad­vance.

ARVIND SALVE, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic), Navi Mum­bai

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