Temporary traffic arrangements have been planned by the Panchkula Police for Sawan Shivratri on July 17 this year. According to the police,thousands of devotees from the northern parts of the country cross the region during this time to reach Haridwar for the festival and return.
Pilgrims from all over Haryana,Punjab,Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh go to Haridwar via Barwala,Saha and Yamunanagar. During this period,Haridwar receives lakhs of devotees. Out of these,about 40-50 thousand people are from the northern states and take the Panchkula route to reach the holy city.
About 50 Home Guards have been called on special duty for these days. They will be reporting to the SHOs who will deploy them at their own discretion. Cranes have also been deployed at Majri Chowk,Pinjore-Malla road and Barwala-Majri Road.
The police has collaborated with the Civil Surgeon of the General Hospital,Sector-6,Panchkula,to arrange for ambulances at various spots in the city and one ambulance in Pinjore. It is also liasoning with the Seva Sanghs or voluntary organisations which provide services to the pilgrims or kaavris. Says Incharge,Traffic Police,Surinder Singh,More than 20 large camps have been set up on the Kalka-Pinjore road for serving the pilgrims. Extra traffic police is required here due to the increased possibility of accidents and mob reactions.
ACP Krishna Kumar Huda is in charge of Pinjore,Kalka and Chandimandir area s; ACP Vinod Kumar is in charge of Sector-5,Sector-14,Sector-20 and Mansa Devi,and Surender Kumar,Inspector,Traffic,is overall in-charge of traffic. All SHOs are responsible for the area under their stations jurisdiction with special attention to public places like markets and bus stands.
According to District Officer Raj Kumar,after the order was passed by R S Dalal,Director General of Police,Haryana,all additional officers in-charge and Station House officers have been informed as a measure of enhancing sensitivity.
The changes have been enforced for July 16,17 and 18 in view of the expected increase in crowd in the city on these days but skeleton duties started from July 7, he said.