PM at Mullanpur, traffic halts in city

ChandigrahA cop stops traffic to let the VIP convoy pass at Transport Chowk lightpoint in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. Kamleshwar Singh

Traffic chaos was witnessed in various parts of the city when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came to lay the foundation stone of a cancer hospital at Mullanpur on Monday.

While the preparations made by the Chandigarh Police could not ensure smooth movement of traffic, the traffic scene at Mullanpur remained hassle-free.

The PM's helicopter landed at the venue in Medicity at Firozepur Bangar village near Mullanpur around 3.15 pm and left after an hour.

Traffic was stopped for nearly 15 minutes on the routes from where the ministers who were to receive the PM at the airport had to pass. Transport light point, airport light point and intersection of Sector 31-29 were the most affected.

The traffic in Chandigarh was made to stop 50 metres before the intersection at the transport light point on all the four sides when the PM arrived. At the intersection of Sector 31-29, the situation was similar. The traffic movement was allowed only after the PM landed at Mullanpur.

Till the PM remained at Mullanpur, traffic flow was normal. As soon as he left the venue for the airport at 4.15 pm, the traffic was stopped again for the VIPs who were to see off the PM at the airport. Traffic at the transport light point, intersection of Sector 31-29 and airport light point was brought to a halt again.

Section 144 of the CrPC was imposed on Madhya Marg, particularly at Khuda Lahora village.

Nearly 2,500 personnel of Punjab Police and special units were deployed at and around the venue.

Firozepur Bangar remained tightly guarded with policemen deployed at every nook and corner of the village, including rooftops and the surrounding fields. Additional District Magistrate of Mohali Parveen Kumar Thind had also passed an order prohibiting the use of any flying object in and around the venue of the function and its corresponding airspace.

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