CP goes into festive mood

NEW DELHI, DEC. 30. To allow unhindered and safe movement to New Year revellers at Delhi's best-known commercial hub, Connaught Place, the Delhi police has decided to pedestrianise the zone and post close to 1,000 personnel there to ensure that nothing spoils the celebratory mood.

Delhi police personnel would be assisted by 15 companies of outside force, who would be deployed in and around Connaught Place. Besides, spotters and plain clothes personnel would fan out to keep an eye on suspicious looking persons and mischievous characters.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi District), Mr Sunil Garg, says all hotels, restaurants and roundabouts in the area would be manned by their personnel. Entry of vehicles to Connaught Place would be restricted and only the residents, those staying in hotels and those bound for the railway station, would be allowed to drive in after 7-30 p.m.

For the rest, parking has been provided from Gol Dak Khana to India Gate on Ashoka Road, from Ferozeshah Road to India Gate on Kasturba Gandhi Marg, and on Copernicus Marg. After parking their vehicles on these roads, revellers would be able to walk down to Connaught Place.

As part of the pedestrianisation programme, sections of Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Parliament Street, Janpath, K.G. Marg, Barakhamba Road, D.B. Gupta Road and Pachnkuian Road would be ``out of bounds'' for vehicular traffic.

Though there is no apparent terrorist threat, people walking into Connaught Place would have to pass through door-frame metal detectors which have been placed on all roads leading to the heart of the commercial hub. Besides, police personnel would also be equipped with hand-held metal detectors for intensive checking.

Since the Central Park of Connaught Place is occupied by the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation, police are expecting some rush in the Inner and Outer Circles. For proper crowd management, mounted police with eight horses would be deployed. Also, Police Control Room vans would be stationed at static points and major intersections leading to Connaught Place.

For their part, Traffic Police would clamp down on drunken driving through their 400-odd personnel. Besides using light bars and fluorescent jackets for guiding traffic, the personnel would also use alchometers to challan drunk motorists.

While appealing to motorists not to drive after consuming liquor, the Traffic Police has decided to adopt a carrot and stick policy. On the one hand it would distribute New Year cards to all and sundry and on the other it would hand over challans to tipsy drivers. For dispensing instant justice, the Traffic Police have sought the services of two doctors and two magistrates. And 25 cranes would ensure that wrongly parked vehicles do not go away lightly.

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