In Focus

Traffic routes diverted for New Year's Eve

By Ruchi Verma

The Colaba Traffic Division have been working round the clock ensuring traffic rules are adhered to and roads kept free of parking, particularly in view of the ongoing road construction and repair works that have hampered movement - both traffic and pedestrian - immensely.

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Shahid Bhagat Singh Road from to Haji Niyaz Ahmed Azmi Marg to Sassoon Docks has been dug up for concretisation works that have stalled vehicular movement even impaired the passage of pedestrians. It is following The Draft Colaba's repeated reportage on the issue and in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines laid down by the government, that the Traffic Police has been working overtime clearing roads, preventing 'illegal' parking of vehicles on the already-congested road to ensure smooth passage of vehicles and pedestrians.

Dorothy Yazdegardi
"At a time like this, it will help if the Traffic Police exercise some sensitivity instead of simply fining people for offences that they may commit inadvertently," says 48-year-old Manish Menon who adds, "a lot of signages have been missing from their usual spots owing to the construction works leading to confusion among vehicle drivers." Lalchand Mansion resident and senior citizen Dorothy Yazdegardi maintains, "There is simply no place to walk, leave aside park one's vehicle in Colaba. It's important for the police to inform people of the changes taking place and make their presence felt so that offenders are deterred."

"Why would the police want to simply fine offenders? Fining isn't the motive for the police. It's done only to ensure law and order," says Colaba Traffic Division's PI Mubarak Shaikh, when asked about the flurry of fining activities in the area that led to residents and shop-keepers being outraged. 

In keeping with guidelines of COVID-19 to prevent gatherings of large crowds that gather at various places on New Year's Eve 2021, particularly at Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Girgaum Chowpatty and at hotels and restaurants in Colaba and facilitate the smooth movement of traffic to prevent danger, obstructions and inconvenience to the public, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), Traffic, Mumbai Yogesh Kumar issued a temporary notification on 30 December 2020.

Accordingly, the north-bound road of N S Road from NCPA to Chowpatty will be closed for all types of vehicles. The south-bound road of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg will be closed for all types of vehicles.

Parking restrictions will be imposed from 19:00 hours on 31 December 2020 till 06:00 hours on 1 January 2021 along N S Road (South Bound), Madame Cama Road, Veer Nariman Road, P J Ramchandani Marg, Mahakavi Bhushan Marg, Adam Street, BEST Marg, Haji Niyaz Ahmed Azmi Marg, Henry Road, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road (Colaba Causeway) from Regal Circle to its junction with Haji Niyaz Ahmed Azmi Marg (Arthur Bunder Road).

Also, motorists will proceed from Sundar Mahal to CSMT through Churchgate Station, CTO, OCS and Hazarimal Somani Marg. Motorists will proceed from Sundar Mahal to Freeway through Churchgate, CTO, Hutatma Chowk and Regal Junction. Motorists will proceed from Sundar Mahal to J J Flyover through Churchgate, CTO, OCS and CSMT Station. Motorists will proceed from N S Road to Cuffe Parade from Air India, through Mantralaya, Godrej, Ambedkar Junction, Regal and S B S Road.

Motorists will proceed from Air India to CST through Mantralaya, Godrej, Ambedkar Junction and CTO Junction. Motorists will proceed from Vinay K Shah Marg, Rajani Patel Marg, INOX, Mantralaya, Godrej left turn to K C College Junction, Churchgate, GST Bhavan, Saifee Hospital, Opera House, Wilson College and further.

Motorists have been requested to use the above-mentioned diverted routes and follow instructions provided by policemen on duty and cooperate. Informative boards have been placed at junctions to guide motorists.