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Google maps to help in managing traffic

The Traffic police have barricaded Gingee Salai ahead of the New Year celebrations on Sunday.

The Traffic police have barricaded Gingee Salai ahead of the New Year celebrations on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: T_Singaravelou

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Police take steps to put in a system to handle the influx of vehicles coming in for the New Year

For the first time, the Puducherry police will be using Google Maps to provide real time information on the traffic scenario on arterial roads in the city with the influx of hundreds of tourist vehicles into the former French outpost to ring in the New Year.

Addressing a press conference, Deputy Inspector General of Police V.J. Chandran said that a command centre had been set up in the control room in Gorimedu. The system has been linked to Google Maps and the police will be providing updates on vehicular traffic.

As many as five FM radio stations in Puducherry will broadcast the updates. They will include the traffic flow and advice on which route to avoid and on the alternative routes that can be taken.

Over 700 police personnel will be deployed to ensure law and order on December 31. Watch towers had been set up at 19 places and the police will be deploying five drones to monitor revellers this year, he said.

‘Zero tolerance’

In a bid to ensure incident-free celebrations, the police will ensure a ‘zero tolerance’ approach for drunk driving and misbehaviour with women.

Mr. Chandran said the entire White Town had been declared a vehicle-free zone starting from December 31 to 7.30 a.m. on January 1. Traffic restrictions had been placed in order to allow public to celebrate New Year eve without obstacles. “No vehicles will be allowed inside the White Town. People have to park their vehicles in the designated spaces and walk towards the White Town,” he said.

Mr. Chandran added that for the vehicles coming from the south side, parking space had been allotted at the old and new port grounds, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex and Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School.

People coming from ECR and the north side can park their vehicles at the old distillery near the beach road. Parking space for two-wheelers have been allotted at the railway station and the old Jail complex on Jawaharlal Nehru Street. Barricades will be placed at regular intervals to cut down speeding. Ambulances will be stationed at strategic locations. Senior Superintendents of Police Apoorva Gupta and Rahul Alwal and SPs were present.

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