Traffic cops rethink Auto Expo at Pragati Maidan

January 7th, 2012 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Facebook New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) A day after massive jams were reported from around Pragati Maidan, the venue of the 11th Auto Expo, Delhi Traffic Police Saturday said that in future no-objection certificates (NOC) may not be given to hold such events in the heart of the city.

“Maybe Pragati Maidan is not the place to hold an event like the Auto Expo. Maybe, the traffic police should refuse NOC for future events like this,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Satyendra Garg posted on the force’s Facebook page, which has more than 90,000 followers.

The Auto Expo coupled with some VIP movements at India Gate Friday evening led to chaos for hours as traffic spilled over to nearby roads in central Delhi. The evening rush hour further added to the woes of commuters as choc-a-block traffic crawled at a snail’s pace for hours.

According to police, areas most affected were all hexagons of India Gate, the congested ITO crossing, Connaught Place, Mandi House and the Sardar Patel Marg.

Garg, however, admitted that the traffic management was shoddy.

“There can be no excuses for traffic congestion, it was a bad show on our part. We could have managed the difficult situation much better,” said Garg.

“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,” added Garg.

Hailing Garg for acknowledging his fault, people supported his views on Pragati Maidan not being the suitable venue for holding big events.

“Not really DTP’s (Delhi Traffic Police) fault. No big city has an expo venue in the city centre. They should have moved it out of the city (say Greater Noida) many years ago,” commented Gautam Gode.

Agreed Manu Dhawan, “Making mistakes is fine. After all, we are all humans but accepting them publicly is a commendable job. I admire your attitude, Sir.”

Held every two years, the 11th edition of the Auto Expo will conclude Jan 11.

–Indo-Asian news Service

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