The Hyderabad traffic police are taking no chances with vehicular movement during the celebrations of New Years Eve as several restrictions and curbs have been imposed across the city on the night of December 31.
According to a report in the Times of India, the city is ready with 325 official New Year bashes to welcome 2016 and most of the venues are going full house! Apart from DJs, star hotels in the city have also introduced ghazal nights, themed-parties and carnivals to woo party-goers...The affluent lot is making their way to the Taj Falaknuma Palace for a Sufi night with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
"Close to 8,000 policemen, including all senior officers, will be patrolling the roads in areas where large gatherings are expected, patrolling will be intense between 10 pm and 4 am," Anjani Kumar, additional CP (law and order), Hyderabad told the newspaper.
Keeping in view the high chances of drunk driving, the police have closed the city's Outer Ring Road (ORR) except for heavy vehicles and those with a valid reason, like people holding flight tickets.
The arterial PVNR expressway in the city will also be closed and so will all flyovers under the jurisdiction of the Cyberabad Police Commisionerate, unless specifically opened.
Hyderabad recorded six deaths in 2014, four in 2013 and 10 in 2012 in road accidents on New Yearâ€™s Eve.
The traffic police plan to make that figure zero, and will also patrol the city checking for drunk and rash driving, racing, overspeeding.
"We will be conducting checks at 6 pm which is before people start hitting the bars and once at 1 am when the bars close," Jitender, Addl. CP, traffic police Hyderabad told The News Minute.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the city, vehicles will not be allowed on NTR Marg, Necklace Road and Upper Tank Bund from 12 am to 2 am and will be diverted at VV Statue towards Khairatabad and Raj Bhavan Road or towards Iqbal Minar, Lakdikapul, Ayodhya Hotel.
Reports also add that vehicles coming from Liberty Junction towards Secunderabad will be diverted at the GHMC office Y-Junction towards BRK Bhavan, Telugu Talli flyover while vehicles from Khairatabad market towards Necklace Rotary will be diverted at Khairatabad towards Meera Talkies lane.
The lane adjacent to the Secretariat will be closed.
Meanwhile, people planning to drink can get cabs at discounted rates to go back home safely.
Deccan Chronicle reported that the Telangana State information technology department, Uber app-based cab providers and Mission Smart Ride Private Limited, an NGO, along with other government departments and law enforcement agencies have come together to provide cab service free for the first two rides for first-timers on Uber.
The police also added that there are 25 star hotels, 22 resorts and 269 farmhouses, and all of them will be on watch.
In another press release, Cyberabad police said liquor should not be served without a valid license from the Excise Department and organisers should obtain special permission from the Fire Services Department. Parties should be video recorded and the CD containing the footage needs be submitted to the CPâ€™s office within two days of the event.