Traffic Police on Friday used a helicopter to monitor and control the traffic in the wake of immersion of Durga idols at different areas across the city.
"We have monitored the traffic aerially for the first time in a bid to effectively regulate the traffic situation during immersion of Durga idols. The traffic officers are keeping a watch and are constantly guiding the cops in the field through wireless," said Muktesh Chander, Special Commissioner (Traffic) Delhi Police.
Chander added, "All the ghats and roads leading to the immersions as well as general area which are being affected are surveyed. So far we have not received any complaint of traffic jam. We have apparently also done aerial videography."
A resident of Dwarka, Manisha Singh said, "I feared that there will be heavy traffic today as it is a festival season. However, I am glad I reached my destination on time. I was prepared for the slow moving traffic therefore I started 15 minutes earlier from my place."
Echoing similar sentiments, Mukesh Singh of South Delhi said, "This year there was no heavy traffic as compared to last year. It was jampacked the previous year."
However, one East Delhi resident Satish said, "There was a huge traffic on the Wazirabad stretch to Anand Vihar. The traffic was moving at a snail’s pace and the metro work at Maujpur has been adding to woes. It took almost two hours for the traffic in that area to clear in the evening."
Immersion of Durga idols started yesterday with majority of them taken in processions at various ghats for immersion in the Yamuna. Even though it was a working day today, Muktesh said, the situation was much better than the previous year. The team of Delhi Traffic Police is planning to continue to use the chopper for several other major events in the city in the future.
The processions comprising several types of vehicles congregated at Kudesia Ghat, Geeta Ghat, Shyam Ghat, Kalindi Kunj, Chatth Puja Ghat and Chilla Ghat for immersion of the idols. Apparently, the traffic was moving slow on several roads due to movement of these processions from afternoon till late evening, however there was no bottleneck scenario, said the Special Commissioner.