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