Steps to ease congestion in Pondy

Pondicherry Oct. 13. A Traffic Advisory Committee comprising representatives of government departments and opinion leaders has been formed and its recommendations are being implemented in a phased manner.

The Superintendent of Police, K. S. Ramalingam, told a media conference here today that in the past 12 years, the number of two-wheelers and other vehicles increased considerably. As against 55,530 scooters and motorcycles in 1991, the number now stood at 1,08,386 and a majority of these vehicles were operating within the boulevard limits.

Mr. Ramalingam said though the density of vehicle population shot up, the staff strength was almost static in the traffic cell with 65 constables, five head constables and four sub-inspectors. A proposal was forwarded to the Government to double the strength.

The traffic police introduced a new system to take to task those who parked the vehicles on the wrong side or on thoroughfares. The vehicles parked in the no-parking zones were locked and cases booked against the owners.

The old system of allowing parking on both sides of J.N. Street had been reintroduced. The southern side-parking slot from the Pattanikadai junction to Ambour Salai would be earmarked for two-wheelers. Parking of other vehicles would be allowed on the opposite side.

Action was taken against about 120 persons for using mobile phones while riding.

About 65 per cent of the accidents involved two-wheelers and attention was being paid to their regulation, he said.

The one-way system would be reintroduced on Mission Street, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bharathi Street and Chinna Subbaraya Pillai Street after a gazette notification.

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