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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Gurgaon gets ready for kanwar yatra

Siddhartha Rai, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, July 20, 2013
First Published: 01:27 IST(20/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:29 IST(20/7/2013)

The city administration and top police personnel have started pulling up their socks for the forthcoming kanwar yatra. Police commissioner Alok Mittal on Friday convened a meeting with various agencies associated with the maintenance and regulation of National Highway-8 and top traffic police officials to brief them about the preparations for the easy passage of the mega event. He directed the officials to complete the necessary work by July 25.

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He ordered that the representatives of concessionaire firms that operate the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway and the Pink City Expressway would be accompanied by traffic police officials to make sure that the Kanwariyas complete their religious yatra peacefully. 

The sensitive areas identified at the meeting included traffic hotspots such as Sohna, Badshahpur, Shikopur, Sehrawan, Binola and Bilaspur.

Mittal, during the meeting, stressed on mutual cooperation between various state administration officials.

“All issues related to broken roads must be resolved by traffic officials in association with Huda, MCG and HSIIDC. Rate lists must be put up at all dhabas and hotels along the Sohna road for the kanwariyas,” he said.

Meanwhile, elaborating on security arrangements, the top cop said, “It is a tough task to handle the devotees who come in large groups and therefore additional police force would be directed to the traffic wing.”

Mittal added that the route of the pilgrims would be rendered safe by putting up signboards. Barriers and diversions, would be made on the roads for smooth traffic during peak hours.

Also, adequate streetlights would be provided and additional traffic marshals would be deployed on roads and expressways.

The meeting also considered the possibility of an communal conflict between Hindus and the minority community as this is also the holy month of Ramdan.  “The focus of the police will be to ensure that a conflict-like situation is avoided during the fair and that there is immediate reaction in case any untoward situation arises,” said the police chief.

Mittal said that sarpanches of all the villages in the district would be ordered to check that there are no DJs with the pilgrim groups.


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