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INSIGHT : EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

TRAFFIC POLICE PLAYS A VITAL ROLE DURING VARIOUS FESTIVALS AND EVENTS HELD IN THE CITY. MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER, ENSURING PEACE AND DISCIPLINE AND PROVIDING A HELPING HAND TO THOSE WHO NEED IT.


DURGA PUJA
Probably the most daunting and challenging task faced by the Kolkata Police annually is the puja. It brings out the best in the Traffic Department while manning the overcrowded roads, streets and puja pandals. Like previous years, this year also saw a record crowd in the city during the puja days. Through effective and efficient management, the flow of traffic was well-managed. Both the media and the public appreciated this effort.

N.C.C CADETS FOR THE PUJA
To control the record crowd in various important pandal areas, N.C.C. cadets, a good number of scouts, students and several other non-government organisations were deployed during the last puja. It was for the 5th time that the N.C.C. cadets were selected to work in tandem with the traffic police. Both girl and boy cadets had participated from all the three wings. The Traffic Department, Kolkata also organised a felicitation-cum-prize distribution ceremony for the N.C.C. cadets as well as other volunteers.

TRAFFIC CONTROL THROUGH RADIO

Information regarding the situation in the city’s pandals and roads, messages informing about those lost in crowd were transmitted through A.I.R. F.M. channel from time to time. Instructions for the traffic police were also conveyed through this effective media. To make this programme more interesting, on the spot commentaries, participation of on the road traffic officers and interviews with several senior police personnel were highlighted.

COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION
During the 1st quarter of 2000, traffic status report was beamed through the R.P.G. Netcom channel. The Traffic Control Room also started disseminating information regarding the traffic through the F.M. channel. Beside this, new audio visuals in connection with Road Safety Week were telecasted through Doordarshan, Tara Bangla, CTVN, ETV Bangla and ATN. An additional radio channel was allocated to the Kolkata Traffic Police.

DHANTERAS-DIWALI-KALI PUJA
This year also, plying of vehicles, including buses was ensured along Kalakar Street, where the Dhanteras Bazar was held. The hawkers were restricted to a quarter of the carriage width only. The Traffic Department acknowledges the effort of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Division and his officers who gave their best to accomplish this task. Kalipuja traffic arrangements were also refixed, improving the traffic flow.

CHHAT PUJA
Strand Road experienced normal vehicular traffic even on the day of Chhat Puja celebrations, despite the assembly of lakhs of devotees. An effective plan by Traffic Department to park all processionists’ vehicles at the open space in front of Fort William paid off along with a new circulation plan. The Traffic Department proved immensely successful in restricting the movement of slow vehicles which was enforced after winning a tough court battle during the festival. We acknowledge the help and support we got from the police stations in stopping the slow-moving carts.

VISIT OF VIPS IN KOLKATA
Kolkata Traffic Police makes every effort to maintain mobility on the roads despite the heavy restrictions and odds that are caused in any VIP visit to the city.

TRAFFIC EDUCATION THROUGH T.V.
On various traffic subjects, several slots were introduced and exhibited through Doordarshan for the information of the public, including accidents, taxi refusals, air and sound pollution etc.