District administration gears up ahead of Shivaratri festival
The district administration and the police department have geared up for the upcoming Shivaratri festival slated on March 4. The senior superintendent of police (SSP) office has asked the people to give suggestions on how to improve things during the festival which is expected to draw lakhs of devotees from across the country. A meeting was held with the department officials on the day during which measures meant to ensure a smooth festival were discussed. It is learnt that in view of the Kanwad mela, the administration plans to implement a traffic system which would keep the movement of vehicles smooth lined. Following the rush of Kanwadiyas on the highway, movement of heavy vehicles on Nazibabad highway has been stopped.
Giving directions to his subordinates, SSP Janmeyjay Khanduri said, “Under no circumstances, the traffic would be allowed to come to a halt inside the city. Anyone who is not following the traffic rules must be penalised. Challan worth Rs 100 must be cut on those persons who park their vehicles in the no- parking zone. All the police station in-charges must ensure placement of signboards on the way.”
Notably, the unfinished broadening work of the National Highway leads to long traffic snarls and the lanes leading to the Har Ki Paidi area become the parking lots, resulting in the vehicles move at a snail’s pace. The route diversions have been enforced from Thursday and they would remain in force till March 5, said the police.
A heavy rush of pilgrims from western Uttar Pradesh is being witnessed over the past few days. They are flocking to the holy city to fetch Ganga water in their Kanwads.
Police said that from February 28 till Shivratri, the movement of heavy vehicles on Nazibabad- Bijnor highway has been stopped. The vehicles coming from Nazibabad, Bijnor and Dhampur would be diverted through Muzaffarnagar via Meerapur, said SSP.
SP city Kamlesh Upadhyay has been made the in-charge of the traffic arrangements during the Kanwad mela. Strict vigilance would be maintained at the sensitive areas like the railway station, the bus stand and other crowded crossings of the district.
The police station in-charges of the border area of Narsen have been asked to be particularly vigilant to ensure that the anti-social elements and suspected criminals do not cross the border area into the city. Dog squads and local intelligence units (LIU) have already been directed to be vigilant during the festival.
Friday, 01 March 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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