Traffic cops chalk out plan to unclog roads before festival
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