By Goutam Shankar Das
Jamshedpur: With many puja pandals being inaugurated on Panchami day, there has been a heavy rush of pandal hoppers in and around the city. Many stalls have opened up at major pandals and are doing brisk business.
This rush, added to a snail-paced vehicular flow, could have played spoilsport but the alertness of the district administration and the police has ensured an almost smooth flow of people and vehicles, much to the relief of denizens thronging streets leading to the popular pandals.
Last minute shopping spree is attracting a sea of heads at major market places making life difficult for the police and administration, but the personnel are continuing to ensure safety on the roads and market places.
Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar, SSP Anup Birtharay, City SP Prabhat Kumar, Traffic DSP (CCR) Subodh Kumar along with 15 Tiger Mobile teams, rode on motorbikes along the busy city streets to take stock of traffic monitoring.
They also visited various pandals and talked to committee members regarding rush control measures taken by them. In fact the district and police administrations have put in a lot of thought to provide citizens a safe and incident free festive time.
The strict steps taken are there for everyone to see. Full marks should be given to the traffic and district police aided by RAF jawans and senior NCC cadets, working tirelessly to streamline the otherwise crazy traffic flow in and around the city.
Of course, there are a few points, especially at major roundabouts, where men and machines vie for a space forward in the melee; but it is a point where discipline of thorough-farers is tested. If they add that small amount of waiting time, such bottlenecks will be easier to remove.
Yesterday was the first day of rush hour that continued through to early morning today. Police set up pickets at major points and stopped cars and two wheelers to check not only drunken driving, but also to ensure if motor drivers were wearing their seat belts; whether two wheelers were using pressure horns or the original ones.
The polite way in which the men in uniform were talking to people was a lesson in ‘palatable’ manners. But many young revelers got the info about the strict checking going on and those who had had their quotas of alcohol intake were stranded at distant locations for the fear of being caught.
But this move did not materialize overnight. Senior district and police officials literally took to the streets and had vehicles that were cramping traffic flow due to haphazard parking, towed away to police stations. This attempt to make traffic flow smoother had commenced long before the onset of festive times.
Kudos to the district administration and the police teams for ensuring a rational flow of traffic.
Controlling crowds in a city where automobiles are growing by the day, the dispensers of law have been putting in herculean efforts to streamline a zigzagging traffic into a rational flow. And this calls for salutation.