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Char Dham Yatra-All weather road works causing traffic problems

Despite all the promises made on safe and smooth passage of traffic during the Char Dham Yatra by the authorities, traffic congestions at various places during the start of the Yatra have exposed the ill traffic management. According to Roadways Karamchari Sanyukt Parishad ( RKSP), the incomplete work of road cutting at various points is becoming the biggest hurdle for smooth traffic. Garhwal Inspector General (IG) of Police, Ajay Rautela said that they have earlier in meetings with Public Work Department (PWD) had raised the issue. However the situation has not been improved even then.

The general secretary of the RKSP, Dinesh Pant said, “Though the road cutting work has stopped but the debris is still lying around, because of which vehicles are facing traffic related problems. Of course, with the number of vehicles incoming, traffic related problems have also increased.”

It is important to mention here that a total 38 spots have been identified by the police department as bottleneck points on Char Dham route. This includes 16 in district Chamoli, seven in Rudraprayag, four in Dehradun and 11 in Haridwar. The road link between Sonprayag to Rudraprayag and from Hanuman Chatti to Badrinath is most affected.

Garhwal IG, Rautela told The Pioneer, “We have earlier in the meetings with PWD has raised the issue about road cutting. If some debris comes rolling down on the road nearest police station or police post should be informed. Police alone is not a stake holder in keeping the traffic in check; there are several other aspects too. Though we are still doing everything we can.”

When asked about the black spots, danger zones and the preventions department has taken he said, “We have identified 90 black spots in Garhwal region, where we have erected 105 sign boards. In the 251 danger zones that have been identified in the region, 390 warning boards and sign boards have been placed.”

“It is difficult to tell the exact number of force deployed. However, we have made 43 seasonal Chowkis and 55 Tourist Police booth, in which 111 officers have been stationed,”, he added.

When asked about the parking facilities at Yatra route, he said, “Of course parking is a problem, especially on the routes to Yamunotri and Kedarnath. At places where the work of all weather roads is complete, there is some relief but unfortunately this stretch is of only 37 kms.”

Police department has also requested pilgrims going on Char Dham Yatra to abide by the rules and to engage in lane driving in order to avoid traffic issues.

Thursday, 09 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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