Puducherry

Retail sales soar on Deepavali eve

Roving eyes: A drone fitted with a camera hovering over the crowded M.G. Street in Puducherry on Sunday as part of the security arrangements. On Anna Salai, vehicles jostled for space throughout Sunday.

Roving eyes: A drone fitted with a camera hovering over the crowded M.G. Street in Puducherry on Sunday as part of the security arrangements. On Anna Salai, vehicles jostled for space throughout Sunday.   | Photo Credit: S_S_KUMAR

Bumper-to-bumper traffic witnessed on several arterial roads on the main road of the market

People flocked to the streets of the main market place here on Sunday for the last- minute Deepavali shopping.

All major roads that had shopping malls, textile showrooms, sweet shops and consumer goods were choked for the entire day. Arterial roads such as Mahatma Gandhi Road, Anna Salai, S.V. Patel Salai, Bussy Street, Kamaraj Salai and Marimalai Adigal Salai saw bumper-to-bumper traffic for most part of the day.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Street, the shopping hub of the town, witnessed heavy rush as people jostled for space. “In the last two days, business has really picked up with government employees receiving their bonus. There is heavy rush for new clothes and consumer durables,” said a trader on J.N. Street.

Police curbs

Kosakadai Street saw traffic snarls because of the temporary arrangement made by the traffic police.

The traffic police have put in place certain restrictions on J.N. Street till November 6. Four-wheelers will be allowed to be parked only till 2 p.m.

Entry of four-wheelers on J.N. Street after 2 p.m. will be completely barred, the police said. Heavy vehicles will be allowed to be parked inside the old jail complex. Vehicles have to enter the complex through Kosakadai Street.

In addition to this, a temporary parking place had been arranged at Anna Thidal. Vehicular movement on Mahatma Gandhi Road (between Kamatchiamman Koil Street junction and Saint Theresa Street Junction) will be prohibited from 2 p.m.

Similarly, restrictions had been made on parking of two-wheelers on J.N. Street. The two-wheelers would be allowed to be parked on both sides only in a single row.

The police have appealed to the public to strictly follow the timing prescribed by the Supreme Court for bursting crackers.

Appeal to public

As per the court order, people can burst firecrackers only for two hours. The government has fixed the time slots between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A communication from the police said the public should desist from bursting banned crackers. People should not burst crackers in silent zones, an area at least 100 metres away from the hospitals, nursing homes, primary and district health centres, educational institutions, courts and religious places,

Station House Officers had been directed to strictly monitor whether people were complying with the Supreme Court order.

The SHOs would take action against the violators, Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) Apoorva Gupta said in a release.

Around 200 policemen have been deployed for security and traffic arrangements.

Drones will also be used to monitor crowd in main shopping places, especially on JN and adjoining areas, a senior police officer told The Hindu.

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