UT gears up to handle festival season traffic chaos

To keep a check on the traffic problems that city residents usually face during the festival season, the Chandigarh Traffic Police will be deputing nearly a hundred police officials and traffic police personnel to check that residents of the city can shop without any hitch.

Pointing out Sector 22 as the most crowded area, it said that there is a chance that the road leading to the market area will be rendered one-way.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) traffic, Kamal Deep, told Newsline, "It is not easy to manage traffic during festive season. We are in the process of making the best possible arrangements so that the residents are comfortable and the shopkeepers are not hassled during the maximum business days".

The Traffic Police officials have identified the inner markets of Sector 18, 19 and 23 as the busiest along with Sector 22 and Sector 17 markets. Special arrangement is on the cards for these sectors.

"Since the markets of these few sectors are visited the most by the city residents, patrolling teams will be made who will keep a check on the activity of the markets," said Kamal Deep.

"If needed, we may temporarily turn some of the roads leading to the markets one-way to avoid traffic blockage," he added.

Usually, the inner markets of every sector in Chandigarh are managed by the police officials posted in the respective beat boxes. But due to season rush, the Traffic Police will be deputing the traffic police officials along with the others. The DSP also added that Traffic Police officials will be deputed in the identified rush areas to manage the parking of the shoppers.

"We cannot stop people from coming to the market and people usually have their loyalties to a particular shop, let alone a sector. In such a situation, parking becomes a problem. All that we can do is make the residents park in such a manner that neither the shoppers nor the passers-by are bothered", the DSP explained.

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