To control the haphazard movement of visitors inside Pragati Maidan during the forthcoming trade fair, the Delhi Police are planning to introduce a new circulation plan.
As per the new initial plan, the visitors will not be allowed to jump from one hall to another and will have to follow a particular circulation plan. With the fair just two weeks away, the police are carrying dummy run on a couple of circulation routes.
“More than one lakh people visit the India International Trade Fair on weekends during the fortnight-long affair. Their safety is more important to us and we are working on some circulation plan for the pedestrians,” said a senior police officer.
The implementation of circulation plan means visitors will have to walk a lot, even if the stall they want to visit is in front of them. According to the officials, there are certain halls that witness a huge crowd while the visitors ignore a few. This results in lot of chaos in and around the popular halls.
“Currently, we witness a haphazard movement which is not safe. There should be a proper flow. Just like the traffic police have a circulation plan for vehicular movement, we will also have a similar kind of plan for pedestrian movement,” the officer added. The Delhi Police will take over the Pragati Maidan on November 10, four days before the start of trade fair.
Apart from a pedestrian circulation plan, the police will also lay a lot of emphasis on safety and security of visitors by ensuring every single packet or cargo entering the venue is scanned. “We have already given a list of security equipment required at the gates. The trade promotion organisation has been asked to install more CCTVs,” the officer added. Also for the first time, the cargo coming to trade fair from different countries will be scanned from cargo scanner, one which was used during the Commonwealth Games.