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National Crafts Mela: Inside houseful,outside stressful

Third day witnesses parking problems and traffic snarls.

The high footfall at the National Crafts Mela at Kalagram on Sunday caused traffic snarls and parking woes. Commuters found themselves stuck in traffic jams and the long queues at the ticket counters led to chaos on the third day of the fest. Haphazard parking by the visitors added to the chaos.

Owing to the rush,the right turn towards Kalagram while coming from the transport lightpoint was closed and the visitors were asked to take a left turn from that light point or go up to the Housing Board light point and then turn towards Manimajra to park their vehicles.

According to the traffic officials at the venue,the parking area near Baithak Restaurant which could adjust around 2,000 cars was full by 1 pm,which is why they had to block the right turn towards Kalagram.

When no one heeded to the frequent announcements made by the traffic police personnel asking the commuters to remove their cars parked on the roadside and in front of the petrol pump,the traffic police was seen pasting challan stickers on some of the cars. “Since 10 am,we have been standing here asking people not to park their cars on the main road but when the parking lot was full,they started parking their cars here,leading to more chaos,” said one of the traffic personnel.

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Despite the arrangements for parking behind the petrol pump and the security available,the commuters parking their cars haphazardly and traffic lights not working added to the woes while the police personnel were not of much help as they failed to avoid traffic congestion at the light point. Traffic jam was also witnessed while coming from the Housing Board towards the Transport Chowk.

The entrance gate of Kalagram also witnessed long queues at the ticket counters. The visitors complained that the people selling the tickets were so slow that they had to stand in the queues for more than half an hour while some were found jumping the queues too. “It’s really frustrating to spend one hour at the entrance gate,just to get inside to enjoy the mela. Finding space to park the car,standing in a queue for buying tickets and then facing another queue for security checks — it was too much,” said Neetu Madan,one of the hassled visitors.