Traffic cops to put up city maps for Afro-Asian Games

new delhi: gearing up for the afro-asian games, the traffic police are advocating the putting up of city maps in the entire city including bus-queueshelters. initiated by the traffic police, the move is part of the preparedness drive on the eve of the international sports event to be held innovember this year. speaking to the times of india, joint commissioner of police (traffic) maxwell pereira said: ``the traffic police will handle this event like any other event of national importance. we are preparing ourselves for the games with requisitions for additional manpower.'' pereira i heading the committee for traffic management during the afro-asian games. the city is expected to be swarmed with visitors from various countries as well as indian cities during the sports events from november 3 to 11. ``it is important to have maps for the smooth movement of people who would be strangers to the city,'' he said. it may be noted that traffic police in its last year's accident analysis had pointed out that fatalities in road mishaps comprised people from other states who were not used to the fast and congested traffic movement of the city. ``the traffic police would also ask the civic agencies to put up more signs at proper places. road markings would also have to be done before the event,'' he said. the department is streamlining the traffic management strategies keeping in view the approximate number of 3,500 participants, including athletes and officials from 55 countries from africa and asia. each stadium will be handled by a team of traffic police personnel officials headed by a liaison officer. ``on days of popular events, we expect about 40,000 spectators. the department is finalising the routes to manage city traffic without interfering with games-related traffic,'' pereira said. but what would need special attention are the days of the opening and closing ceremonies. ``the diversion of routine traffic, keeping in mind the traffic and transport demand would invariably pose a challenge to us,''
he said. traffic route arrangements would be made for the torch rides, long distance walks and marathon races which would be inside the city. to ensure smooth flow of traffic, the traffic regulation schemes would also be worked out around the stadiums and the residences where the athletes and the officials would be staying. the parking facilities would also be enhanced and publicised for the inter-state buses at the majnu ka tila. ``extra fleet of buses would be required and the dtc is expected to supply with those extra vehicles,'' said pereira. ``even the bandobast police would be made aware about the parking and traffic arrangements,'' he said.

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