SoBo residents applaud police decision but demand strict implementation of the new policy
The Mumbai traffic police department, after taking suggestions and complaints, have now permanently prohibited heavy vehicles from entering and leaving city roads between 7am and 11am and 5pm and 9pm. In south Mumbai, the movement of heavy vehicles is banned from 7am till 12am. The residents of south Mumbai are a relieved lot but also demand strictest implementation of the new policy, which will ease traffic on roads.
Sanjay Jadhav, Additional Commissioner of Police (additional charge), issued the order which bans heavy vehicles on the streets except for ST buses, BEST buses, school buses, buses carrying private company’s staff, Mumbai darshan buses, heavy vehicles providing essential services like vegetables, milk, bread and bakery products, drinking water tankers, petrol, diesel, kerosene tankers, ambulance, police vehicles, fire brigade vehicles and government and semi-government vehicles.
Between 11 am and 5pm, vehicular movement in south Mumbai will be permitted only upto Mallet Bunder junction on P D’Mello Road, upto K Shantaram Pujare Chowk on Dr BA Road, Arthur Road Naka on NM Joshi Road, Century Mill on Dr. Annie Besant Road, Elphinstone junction on service road of Senapati Bapat Marg and entry restricted on flyovers of Senapati Bapat Road. Entry to south Mumbai by using side roads from Br Nath Pai Road, Reay Road and P D’Mello Road has been prohibited.
In another major relief, Mumbai traffic police have prohibited parking of all types of heavy vehicles on the streets. The Eastern Freeway will be prohibited 24 hours for heavy vehicles .
Padmakar Nandekar, Secretary General, Cuffe Parade Residents Association, said, “It is a big relief for south Mumbai residents and we applaud the move by the Mumbai Traffic Police department. But the traffic police should also ensure that the new policy is implemented strictly.”
Jadhav said, “After taking suggestions and complaints from stakeholders, we have implemented this policy for the benefit of Mumbai residents and expect co-operation.”