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Shahid Divas begins at 11 am in Kolkata, here are the roads to avoid and routes to take, places to park

All roads lead to Esplanade tomorrow – where the Trinamool Congress Yuva Morcha will hold Shahid Divas rally at 11 am.

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Shahid Divas begins at 11 am in Kolkata, here are the roads to avoid and routes to take, places to park
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All roads lead to Esplanade tomorrow – where the Trinamool Congress Yuva Morcha will hold Shahid Divas rally at 11 am.

While the city is expected to have over 10 lakh people to participate in the rally, thousands of people have already put up at different places of Kolkata.

Shahid divas or Matryr’s Day is celebrated by Trinamool Copngress every year on July 21, in the memory of 13 people who were killed in police firing in the year 1993. Banerjee was then the leader of West Bengal Youth Congress and the Left front was ruling West Bengal. Banerjee had launched the ‘Writers Chalo Andolan’ – march to the West Bengal secretariat demanding that the voters’ identity card be made the only document to allow people to cast their votes. Police had opened fired at the agitators, killing 13. 

Political analysts say that the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will sound the bugle for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

In view of this, Kolkata Police has chalked out elaborate security arrangements besides Kolkata Traffic Kolkata chalking out massive traffic arrangements.

Security arrangements:

A total of 6,000 police force to be deployed.

A total of 40 police pickets to be put in place.

Five watch towers set up for round-the-clock monitoring of the crowd.

Over 100 CCTVs installed.

As many as 18 ambulances will be positioned around the venue.

Three Quick Response Teams (QRT), Heavy Radio Flying Squads (HRFS) and four teams of Reserve Force from Kolkata Police will roam around the city.

A sub-control room has also been set up on the terrace of the Victoria House (CESC building), beside the venue to keep a close watch on peoples movement.

Bomb squad and Dog squad will be stationed near the venue.

Roads to avoid:

Dorina Crossing, Rani Rash Moni Avenue, SN Banerjee Road, Chowringhee Road, JL Nehru Road, Park Street, Central Avenue, Hastings, Queens Way, Babu Ghat and Lenin Sarani

Roads to take:

All Howrah station-bound vehicles take Vidyasagar Setu.

All airport-bound vehicles take AJC Bose-Maa flyover.

MG Road, AJC Bose Road, APC Road.

Roads for packing vehicles:

Strand Road, Strand Bank Road, Amherst Street, CIT Road, Clive Row, Napier Road, Hastings.

Metro train security arrangements:

As many as 350 Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel, including commandos to be deployed at different metro stations to avoid any untoward incident amidst the rush.

Apart from the daily deployment of 250 staff members, an additional 104 security personnel will be posted at 14 Metro stations.

Extra emphasis to be laid on metro stations like – Esplanade, Dum Dum, Shyambazar, Chandni Chowk, Park Street, Maidan, Rabindra Sadan and Netaji Bhawan.

The entire arrangement will be monitored by the Kolkata Metro's assistant security commissioner from the security control room at Metro Rail Bhavan.

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