We erred, says traffic chief a day after mega jam

Last Updated: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:41

New Delhi: A day after vehicular movement was
thrown out of gear on city roads due to AutoExpo, Delhi
Traffic Police chief Satyendra Garg on Saturday admitted it was a
"bad show" on their part in dealing with the chaos which led
to harrowing times for commuters.

Traffic was disrupted for hours in central and south
Delhi last evening due to AutoExpo in Pragati Maidan and VVIP
movement near India Gate.

"For yesterday`s traffic difficulties in New Delhi and
surrounding areas, there are no excuses. It was bad show on
our part. We could have managed the difficult situation much
better," Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Garg said.
"I am aware of the extreme difficulties people had to go
through in the evening particularly around India Gate and all
roads around it. We promise to do better in similar
circumstances," he said.

With the AutoExpo being billed as the major reason for
the mayhem, Garg said that Pragati Maidan may not be the place
to hold an event like Auto expo.

"May be, traffic police should refuse no-objection
certificate for future events like this," he said.
It was bumber to bumper traffic at India Gate, Ashoka
Road, ITO, Lodhi Colony and Connaught Place last evening for
hours besides other important locations and drivers were
complaining that they could not move an inch for hours.

Police also attributed the traffic chaos to the traffic
arrangements made near India Gate to facilitate movement of
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Trininad and Tobago
counterpart Kamla Persad-Bissessar who were to meet at
Hyderabad House.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:41

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