Mathura Police prepares traffic plan for the New Year holidays

2021.12.24 (Vrindavan Today News): Significant changes have been made to ease the traffic movement in Vrindavan during the weeklong holiday beginning from 25th December. The Mathura Police and Municipal Corporation have decided to make changes in the traffic system in Vrindavan. Provisions are made to ease the congestion in the area for the upcoming holidays including Christmas and New Year.

Vrindavan sees a large number of footfalls every year during the end of the year. The devotees visiting Vrindavan come with a desire to begin the New Year at the land of the Lord Krishna. All the hotels and guesthouses have been booked prior to the long holidays. During these days the entire city is congested with unplanned traffic management.

Usually the crowd gathering on weekends is huge in number as compared to other days. The city is expected to see more devotees coming in this weekend due to Christmas break which is extended from 24 to 26 December. A huge throng can gather around the temple as most of the school, colleges and offices will remain closed till Sunday.

Traffic congestion

Considering the huge number of visitors, the authorities have planned to make a one way system for the darshan of Shri Banke Bihari. The temple manager Munish Sharma informed that the entry will be given from gate number two, three and five of the temple and exit from one and four. Barricading work has begun at the gates of the temple.

“From the evening of 24 December to the night of 26 December, vehicles from outside will be restricted from entering the city. Similarly the e-rickshaw will be kept off from the barricading done around the temple. The devotees entering the temple will have to follow the one way system to avoid inconvenience,” said Ajay Kaushal.

Cops have been appointed in order to regulate the traffic in Vrindavan. Police and Municipal administration have been working to ensure the smooth functioning of the transport and therefore barricades have been built around BankeBihari Temple. 

Special arrangements are made for providing parking areas. For instance, the large vehicles coming to Vrindavan from the National Highway will be stopped at Rukmini Bihar Parking on Chhatikara Marg. Likewise; vehicles coming from the new road of Jaint will be stopped near the six shikhar temple and at the turn of Sunrakh village.

Big vehicles and four wheelers coming from Mathura will be parked in the parking lot opposite the Combined District Hospital near Pagal Baba, while the big vehicles coming from Yamuna Expressway will be parked in Daruk parking. SP City MP Singh informed that these changes shall continue from the evening of December 24 till the night of January 2.

“To avoid any disruption that can be caused due to the rush, the authorities have built barricades around the Banke Bihari Temple. The area around the temple, adjoining streets and major markets would be fenced. Similarly the one-way system will aid the easy movement of the people. They can easily reach the temple and go back after having darshan,” said Satyendra Tiwari, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Mathura Vrindavan Municipal Corporation.

“The vehicles will be parked in the allocated area to avoid disturbance. More workers have been appointed for maintaining cleanliness near the temple and nearby prominent roads. Street lights are placed on the roadside and drinking water will be made available for the visitors”, he added.

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