Jamshedpur: With traffic management becoming major challenge with the onset of festive season, Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti has asked its members to ensure parking of vehicles as far as two kilometres away from some of the busiest pandals in the city. Representatives of 43 puja committees of east zone took part in the meeting at Sabuj Kalyan Sangh.
Senior members of the samiti said the parking lots could be between one and 2km away from the venue of the puja.
“ Parking of vehicles has always been a challenge. With increase in the number vehicles, it has only worsened. We are trying to formulate some new measures in co-ordination with the traffic department so that parking of vehicles becomes easy,” said Ram Babu Singh, the samiti general secretary.
Singh said that it was also decided to free some of the puja venues currently encroached by khatals. Some of the puja committee members for Chhota Govindpur also raised this issue at the meeting.
The Ghorabandha Durga Puja Samiti and Alok Vihar Durga Puja Samiti, both in Telco demanded filling up of potholes and necessary repairing work of the roads for facilitating smooth traffic and for the convenience of pandal hoppers.
ADM ( Law and Order) Nandkishore Lal who was present at the meeting assured the puja committees to look into all the issues raised by them during the meeting which continued for over two hours.
One of the other reasons for the traffic trouble could be that more cars are out on the roads for people to round up their Puja shopping. Commercial places like Sakchi, Jugsalai, Baghbera are the worst hit
places. Police are facing tough times in controlling the traffic movement.
The traffic problem is adding to the woes of road users with the congested roads, lack of parking places, poor traffic sense among road users, especially the auto rickshaw and mini buses.
Moreover with the vehicular movement of puja hoppers in Telco (HS road), Jugsalai( Station Road), Sonari (near Kagalnagar), Sakchi (Aam Bagan and Kasidih), Bistupur (Rani Kudar), Kadma (Rankini Temple), are most likely to draw heavy crowd and traffic personnel would face the problem in these areas.
In a bid to streamline the traffic woes during the week-long Durga Puja celebrations the district traffic police are likely to take the help of National Cadet Course (NCC) cadets in the city.