The police in Bengaluru have announced major traffic restrictions and diversions for New Year's Eve in the interest of public safety and convenience of those who plan to gather at the city centre for celebrations. These include the prohibition of parking on major roads in the central business district areas and no entries on some major roads and flyovers for a period of time.
These restrictions will not only regulate the movement of vehicular traffic but also parking of vehicles on the night intervening between Monday (December 31) and Tuesday (January 1).
There will be a complete curb on use of flyovers which will be in place from 9 pm on Monday, Dec 31, to Tuesday, 6 am. 2,000 traffic police personnel will be on the ground, including officers deployed for bandobast duty. This in addition to heavy deployment of police to prevent any law and order issue. 10,000 police constable will be on the ground in addition to 1,500 home guards, 1000 persons of civil defense, two battilions of Quick Response Team, two water jets, 50 KSRP platoons and 30 platoons of City Armed Reserve. They will be supervised by 15 DCPs, 45 ACPs and 220 inspectors under the leadership of Joint Commissioner of Police.
Three traffic police divisions in the city will be divided into 44 sectors for the better administration of traffic. These sectors will be supervised by a Traffic Police Inspector in tum carrying out instructions of their respective superior ACPs, DCPs and Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic.
Some major roads like MG Road (from Anil Kumble Junction up to the Mayo Hall Junction, Brigade Road will be entirely cordoned off for regular vehicles from 8 pm on Monday to 2 am on Tuesday. The other roads where there will be a total curb on vehicular traffic include Church Street, Museum Road (Junction with the MG Road up to its junction with Old Madras Bank Road), Kamaraj Road (Cubbon Road to Cauvery Emporium), Residency Cross Road (Residency Road to MG Road Shankarnag Theatre junction).
During the time of these restrictions, police said vehicles coming from the direction of Queen's Statue junction on MG Road and proceeding towards Halasuru and beyond will turn left at Anil Kumble Circle and turn right into Cubbon Road to exit at Webbâ€™s Junction of MG Road.
Similarly, all vehicles coming from Trinity Circle on MG Road should take a right turn at Webbs Junction and turn left at Manipal Centre into Cubbon Road.
The police said vehicles going in the direction of Cantonment areas, from Halasuru will be diverted towards right near Trinity Circle and will be made to enter Halasuru road and subsequently turn left on Dickenson road and proceed towards Cubbon Road.
The police also said that parking will not be allowed from 4 pm on Monday on MG Road (from Jewel De Paragon Junction up to Trinity Circle), Cubbon Road, Residency Road, Richmond Road, Infantry Road, Brigade Road, up to Old Ashok Nagar PS, Church Street, Museum Road, Rest House Road, Kamaraja Road, from Cauvery Arts Emporium to Dickenson Jn, St Marks Road, Magrath Road, Commissariat Road and 100 feet Road in Indiranagar.
The police have warned that vehicles found parked in these areas after 4 pm on Monday will be towed away and will only be released after 6 am on New Yearâ€™s Day after payment of the necessary fine.