Traf­fic di­ver­sion at Vashi on im­mer­sion days

No other ve­hi­cles will be al­lowed en­try into Shivaji Chowk other than those car­ry­ing Ganesh idols to curb traf­fic jams

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy and Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

To ease traf­fic con­ges­tion on days of im­mer­sion of Ganesh idols at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi, the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice have im­posed a blan­ket ban on the move­ment of ve­hi­cles at the chowk other than those car­ry­ing idols and ear­marked routes for di­ver­sion.

The ban on en­try of ve­hi­cles at the chowk will be in force from 2 pm to mid­night on Septem­ber 9, 10 and 11 of Ganeshot­sav im­mer­sions re­spec­tively. On the fi­nal day of im­mer­sion when most idols are im­mersed the ban will be ef­fec­tive from 12 noon on Septem­ber 15 to 6 am on Septem­ber 16.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Arvind Salve said: “In a bid to stop ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing lord Ganesh idols and other mo­torists from get­ting stuck in traf­fic jam on days of im­mer­sion at the chowk in sec­tor 17 in Vashi, we have sug­gested al­ter­na­tive routes for reg­u­lar traf­fic.”

These are fifth, sixth, sev­enth and tenth days of the fes­ti­val when a huge num­ber of idols are taken to the town from dif­fer­ent places of Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai to im­merse in the creek.

“Since all the groups pass through the Shivaji Chowk area in Vashi, it be­comes vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for other ve­hi­cles to ply in this stretch. There­fore we have de­clared this area as no en­try zone for other ve­hi­cles on those days,” said Salve.

“These rules will be ap­pli­ca­ble from 2 pm to 10 pm on Septem­ber 9, 10 and 11. On Septem­ber 15, the res­i­dents will have to fol­low it from 12 mid­night to 6am of next morn­ing,” Salve said.

“We ap­peal to the res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate with us for en­sur­ing a proper traf­fic man­age­ment in the city dur­ing the fes­ti­val. Puni­tive mea­sures will be taken in case of vi­o­la­tion of the rules,” he added. The pan­dal set up by Vashi Sar­va­janik Ganesh Man­dal at Vashi’s Sec­tor 17. A pan­dal at Ta­pal Naka in Pan­vel de­picts the bridge col­lapse tragedy of Ma­had.

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