GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - With a view to easing the traffic situation in the city, the Traffic Police has issued an order prohibiting plying of heavy commercial goods carrying vehicles and container trucks on the Saraighat Bridge at certain times of the day.
Speaking to The Assam Tribune today, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Guwahati, Amanjeet Kaur said the Saraighat Bridge is the main point through which heavy commercial vehicles enter and exit the city.
She said the aim is not only to reduce congestion on the Saraighat Bridge but also to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the entire city as well.
Kaur said that another order had been issued last week putting in place certain restrictions on passage of vehicles towards Narengi via the VIP Road.
In the latest order, Kaur said that �the traffic scenario of Guwahati as well as frequent phenomena of traffic jams on Saraighat Bridge and movement of heavy commercial goods carrying vehicles throughout the day are causing difficulties to the commuters moving through the Saraighat Bridge.
�The repeated traffic jams affect the students, office-goers, patients, ambulances, other emergency vehicles and general commuters adversely,� she had said in the order, and added that the traffic jams are caused on the Saraighat Bridge due to movement of heavy commercial goods carrying vehicles/trucks and long container vehicles.
�... in exercise of powers conferred upon me under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, I do hereby prohibit plying of heavy commercial goods carrying vehicles and trucks from 8 am to 11.30 am and again from 4 pm to 9 pm and also prohibit plying of long container vehicles except from 11 pm to 6 pm,� said the order.
The order has been issued with immediate effect.
It is noteworthy that just last week Union Minister for Human Resources Development Prakash Javadekar himself had an experience of the massive traffic jam on and near the bridge while on his way from the LGBI Airport to the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
This had prompted the Union Minister to immediately call up Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and suggest that the State government form a committee consisting of experts and IIT Guwahati teachers, along with students from the institute to find a �simple and temporary solution to the problem� till work on the second bridge at Saraighat is completed.
In recent days, traffic snarls on and near the Saraighat Bridge have assumed massive proportions with cars lined up till the Jalukbari point on the southern bank and all the way to the gate of the approach road of IIT Guwahati on the northern side.