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Plan for regulating traffic flow in Nainital during tourist season

The Nainital police have put into place a plan for regulating traffic in and around the city so that tourists visiting the Himalayan resort do not face any problems

dehradun Updated: May 16, 2018 22:50 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times, Nainital
Uttarakhand News
There are more than three lakh vehicle registered in the Nainital district and 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles pass through the city every day for Haldwani and Kaladhungi during the peak tourist season.(HT File)

The Nainital police have put into place a plan for regulating traffic in and around the city so that tourists visiting the Himalayan resort do not face any problems.

There are more than three lakh vehicle registered in the Nainital district and 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles pass through the city every day for Haldwani and Kaladhungi during the peak tourist season that begins from May 15, a top district police official said.

The traffic plan is aimed at lessening any inconvenience to tourists and ensuring that the roads are not choked with traffic leading to loss of time and resources, said Nainital senior superintendent of police Nainital Janmejay Khanduri.

“The capacity of the roads is limited and the best we can do is to regulate the traffic in a proper and scientific manner so that commuting is hassle free,” he said.

According to estimates there is arrangement for parking of only 1,200 vehicles in Nanital and most city hotels do not have designated parking lots.

The Nanital district administration conducted a survey to see if hotels had parking lots or not, which revealed that only a few hotels had provision for parking.

The Haldwani administration has already shifted the city bus station to Transport Nagar on the outskirts to lessen the traffic snarls.

Khanduri has put into place a traffic plan to decongest city roads Nainital and save tourists from being caught up in traffic snarls.

According to the traffic plan, vehicles coming from Kaladhungi will be stopped at the city’s Sariyatal neighbourhood at the Russi by-pass while vehicles from Haldwani will be allowed to park at the Russi by-pass bend and will not be allowed to enter further.

Only state roadways buses will be allowed to enter Nainital. Passengers of the private vehicles will have to disembark at the Russi by-pass from where they will be ferried in shuttle services to Nainital.

No vehicle will be allowed to be parked on the Mall Road, the city’s main thoroughfare.

Parking lots at Sukhatal will be opened for private vehicles, said Gurudev Singh, additional regional transport officer.

The arrangement will ensure streamlining of traffic to the city, which sees huge traffic rush during the summer months, especially after schools are closed for summer vacations, Singh said.

First Published: May 16, 2018 22:50 IST