Rajnathís arrival sends traffic officials into a tizzy
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The arrival of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Rajnath Singh in Lucknow on Tuesday and elaborate programmes on route to his programme's venue in the city have put the traffic police on tenterhooks.
While police and traffic officials claim that they have been informed about the cavalcade of Singh having about 40 cars, BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai says that they are expecting more than a thousand cars to come with the party president.
Additional Superintendent of Police (East) Rajesh Kumar said they have been informed that the cavalcade of Singh will have 30-40 cars in it while coming from the Amausi airport. He said the procession will start at noon and reach the venue by 2 pm.
Additional SP (Traffic) Arvind Sen said they will divert the traffic in a specific area where the cavalcade will be moving. However, he added that they will also not be able to manage the traffic if the number of cars goes beyond 50. Sen said more than a hundred traffic constables and home guards, 15 traffic Sub-Inspectors and 3 Traffic Inspectors will be deployed to see the movement of traffic during the arrival of the cavalcade.
Bajpai said they had asked the district administration to reserve one side of the road for them and divert the traffic of that side so that the public do not suffer inconvenience. He said the BJP had asked the administration to prepare a traffic plan so that the commuters do not suffer.
While travelling from Amausi airport, where he is expected to arrive at 11.30 am, to Nirala Nagar where his Nagrik Abhinandan programme is to be held at Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Singh will be felicitated at 17 places in the city. He will be stopping at every place for about 10 minutes. In addition, he will garland the statues of Sant Kanwar Ram, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Maharani Avantibai, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr BR Ambedkar and Subhash Chandra Bose erected at different places in the city falling on his route.