The Delhi Police have made elaborate security and traffic arrangements in the national capital to thwart any untoward incidents after receiving intelligence inputs about possible terrorist strikes during the New Year celebrations.
A special plan will be put in place in the New Delhi district from 7 pm onwards, which includes the additional deployment of security and traffic personnel as well as commandos to keep an eye on trouble mongers and anti-national elements.
Joint commissioner of police (New Delhi range) Mukesh Kumar Meena said traffic restrictions for the general public will be put in place in the inner, middle and outer circles of Connaught Place from 8.30 pm onwards. He stated that only those having valid passes for attending New Year eve functions at different hotels in the New Delhi region will be allowed to use these restricted routes.
“Rajiv Chowk Metro station will be closed after 9 pm. India Gate will be declared a no-man’s zone after 7 pm and nobody will be allowed to visit restricted areas. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the fact that a large number of people visit India Gate to usher in the New Year, causing massive traffic jams on all connecting roads and creating security concerns,” said Meena.
The joint CP advised Delhiites to follow traffic rules and obey instructions given to them by police personnel deployed on the ground. Meena also said the police have been keeping an eye on anti-national elements and are working in close co-ordination with all concerned agencies in the wake of inputs about a possible terrorist attack.
“We have been doing mock-drills to check our preparedness for such emergency- like situations. Our SWAT commandos, anti-terrorist squads, bomb detections and disposal teams along with dog squads are ready to face any kind of untoward incidents,” he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Traffic Police have also made adequate traffic arrangements throughout the city for the smooth flow and regulation of traffic on New Year’s eve. Special arrangements have been made for the areas in the vicinity of Connaught Place.
No vehicle shall be allowed to proceed towards Connaught Place beyond the Mandi House and Bengali Market roundabouts, north foot of the Ranjit Singh flyover, the Minto Road-DDU Marg crossing, Chelmsford Road near Munje Chowk (New Delhi Railway station), the RK Ashram Marg-Chitragutpa Marg crossing, the Gole Market and GPO roundabouts, Patel Chowk, the KG Marg-Ferozshah Road crossing, the Jai Singh Road-Bangla Sahib lane and the Windsor Place roundabout.
Similar traffic restrictions will be imposed in other parts of the city such as Saket, Greater Kailash, Chirag Delhi, New Friends Colony, South-Extension, Mehrauli, Nehru Place, Defence Colony, Rajouri Garden, Dwarka, Pitampura, Rohini, Karkardooma, Preet Vihar and Mayur Vihar.
“As per the directions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, in cases of over speeding, jumping red lights, carrying persons in goods carriage, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and using the mobile phone while driving a vehicle, apart from the other penal actions, the driving license of the violator will be suspended and impounded for not less than three months. A special drive against drunken driving will be undertaken on New Year’s eve. Violators of drunken driving, apart from being fined upto Rs 2,000, will also face suspension of their driving license and jail terms may also be awarded,” said joint CP (traffic) David Lalrinsanga. He advised bikers to wear helmets and avoid triple riding.