Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 3:
The commissionerate police’s tall pre-puja claims of having made elaborate arrangements to ensure hassle-free movement of traffic in the Odisha capital during the puja festivities have fallen flat with total chaos prevailing around the 167 puja pandals in the city.
The commissionerate police had deployed 34 platoons of police and 225 home guards and 16 Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACPs), 27 Inspectors, 126 ASIs and SIs to oversee the arrangements.
Besides, 217 traffic policemen were also deployed at the puja pandals and strategic locations to facilitate smooth movement of crowds in the city, said Jatin Panda, ACP traffic, Bhubaneswar Jatin Panda said
But all this elaborate arrangement came to naught as commuters had a torrid time negotiating their way through the chaos to have darshan of the goddess today.
Huge traffic congestion was seen in front of puja pandals at Rasulgarh, Nayapalli, Saheed Nagar, Baramunda, Ashok Nagar, Unit-III puja till late in the night as a huge number of devotees thronged the pandals to have a darshan of Goddess Durga on the occasion of Mahanabami today.
“It took me more than 20 minute to reach the Rasulgarh puja pandal on my motor cycle for darshan from Satsang Vihar due to the heavy traffic,” said Sagar Bhuyan, a devotee from Fire Station area.
Another devotee, Prajaranjan Swain, said the same traffic problems were seen at Nayapalli and Saheed Nagar puja pandals.
“Much of the problems was caused by the under construction flyovers on the NH at Nayapalli, Rasulgarh and Baramunda,” said Pabitra Mohan Behera, president of the Nayapalli Puja Committee.