Rajkot: Keeping in view the rush of vehicles after 7pm, Rajkot police have decided to discontinue traffic signals after 7pm and manage traffic manually. The main roads of the city witnessed heavy traffic rush on Wednesday, the first day of extended curfew time.
With commuters hurrying to reach their destinations before 8pm deadline, the main crossroads in the city including KKV hall, Nana Mauva circle, Surveshwar chowk, Nanavati chowk, Madhapar chowk witnessed heavy congestion at the traffic signals. At a few places, incidents of verbal altercation between commuters and police were also reported.
Police commissioner Manoj Agrawal said, “I noticed traffic mismanagement at many points on Wednesday. Hence, from now onwards, number of cops will be increased on all the major cross roads of the city and some of the traffic signals will be closed for smooth movement. Traffic will also be managed manually.”
The top cop also asked citizens to go inside home before 8pm or face action as police are duty bound to strictly implement curfew.
While the cops are becoming stricter, harassed citizens claim they are facing difficulty in reaching home as they are relieved from their offices only by 7pm.