After the somewhat successful Delhi experiment, the Ranchi traffic police are mulling to introduce the odd-even system of traffic management in one of the busiest hubs of the state capital, but with a twist.
Unlike Delhi, the odd-even system would be enforced on the parking of vehicles in the busy market area Upper Bazaar, not on the movement of vehicles. Also, it would work not on the basis of the registration numbers of vehicles but on which side of the road parking would be allowed on odd-even dates of the month.
Spread over an area of about 10 square kilometres and comprising over 25,000 shops, Upper Bazaar is one of the busiest business hubs of Jharkhand, with traders from across the state flocking here to merchandise.
As the rush peaks, parked vehicles in the area begin to choke the narrow roads and allies and create congestion problems that in turn affect traffic on the other connecting arteries of the city. After much deliberation, the Ranchi traffic police zeroed in on the solution.
In addition to the odd-even formula, the traffic police is also contemplating making strategically identified routes one way in the busy area to prevent traffic snarls.
Manoj Ratan Chothe, superintendent of police, Ranchi (traffic), said, “We have identified two loop lines (roads) in the busy market area for introducing one-way traffic. The odd-even dates for parking vehicles would be enforced on these routes so that one flank of the road remains clear for smooth traffic flow.”
“However, it would not be odd-even registration numbers of vehicles but the dates of month. On odd dates, vehicles have to be parked on the left flank of the road and on even dates at the right flank of the identified one-way roads,” the SP added.
The final plan was arrived at after a recce of the area with members of the Federation of Jharkhand Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI) and Chothe hopes to roll it out after the Republic Day celebrations.
The SP said the idea was relevant for roads with no dividers and that there are plans to introduce the system in other city arteries facing similar problems after the Upper Bazaar pilot.