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Traffic curbs during VVIP visits irk Doonites, cops under pressure to maintain security

Four VVIP visits in the last 25 days may have put Dehradun in media spotlight, but traffic diversions irked many residents and maintaining security protocols kept police on their toes.

dehradun Updated: Jul 14, 2018 20:38 IST
Kalyan Das
Kalyan Das
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,VVIP visits,Traffic curbs
People wait for traffic restrictions to end on a road in Dehradun during vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to the city on Saturday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo )

Four VVIP visits in the last 25 days may have put Dehradun in media spotlight, but traffic diversions irked many residents and maintaining security protocols kept police on their toes.

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu arrived in Dehradun on Saturday to attend the convocation of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) University. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the city on June 21 to lead about 50,000 yoga enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute on the International Yoga Day. BJP national president Amit Shah landed in Dehradun on June 24 to meet party leaders and discuss a strategy for 2019 general elections. On June 26, Seychelles President Danny Faure came to the city for a two-day visit to Uttarakhand.

“Local people suffer the most because of VVIP movements in the city. Every time there is a VVIP, traffic is diverted in some or other part of the city, and locals have to take extra pain to reach their destinations,” said 42-year-old Dhirendra Yadav who works in a private firm here.

Sharing his views, Abhishek Dobhriyal (27), an UPSC aspirant, said, “It seems that Dehradun is following the Delhi routine, with traffic diversions and protocol arrangements every other day.”

He added, “It is good that Dehradun is getting attention in the country because of the VVIP visits, but the residents are losing attention of the administration. All focus is on the VVIP protocol whenever there is one in the city.”

Police also come under pressure to ensure fool-proof security arrangements for the VVIPs. “Police have to be on their toes to ensure that no untoward incident happens during a VVIP visit,” said a police official on condition of anonymity. “Though it’s part of our duty, it should not happen so often as we policemen are also humans; we feel the pressure like others.”

On the frequent VVIP visits, additional director general of police, law & order, Ashok Kumar said, “It is the responsibility of the police to ensure strict security measures during VVIP visits. It demands some extra effort, but has to be done.”

First Published: Jul 14, 2018 20:38 IST