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Salem, Namakkal get ready for Deepavali

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Special buses will ply to various places

Festival mood:People thronged commercial establishments on Bazaar Street in Salem on Thursday. -Photo: P.Goutham
Festival mood:People thronged commercial establishments on Bazaar Street in Salem on Thursday. -Photo: P.Goutham

With Deepavali round the corner, Salem city police and the transport department are gearing up to provide security and hassle-free movement of people to other districts in the State.

City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali has asked people to celebrate Deepavali by taking adequate precautionary measures while lightning crackers and ensure a fire accident-free festival.

He has also asked shops selling crackers to follow fire safety norms and sell only crackers that produce lower decibel sounds. City police will continuously monitor the movement of the public in shopping areas, commercial establishments and bus stand areas so as to prevent any untoward incidents.

Senior police personnel said that traffic diversions would be made at a few places in the city as plans to divert traffic are being chalked out.

“Cooperation from the public in parking vehicles would ensure hassle-free shopping and avoid chaotic situations on the road,” the official said.

To clear the rush of passengers during the festival days, the transport department would also run special services from November 9 apart from extended services.

Special buses from Chennai would ply to Salem, Dharmapuri, Hosur, Namakkal and from Bangalore to Erode, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri.

Special buses from Salem would also ply to Coimbatore, Tiruchy, Chidambaram, Tirupur and Cuddalore.

The department would also run all its city service buses on November 12, depending upon the crowd.

Health officials have also warned traders against selling adulterated and sub-standard sweets and asked people to buy sweets only from licensed shop keepers.

Our Namakkal Staff Reporter writes:

A press release from the Collector says firecrackers should not be lighted between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Stringent action would be taken against those violating the directions of the Supreme Court to avoid noise pollution.

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