The city's three commissionerates - Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda - today issued certain restrictions and guidelines in order to prevent traffic congestion and road accidents on New Year eve.
The police requested the people of the city to make their travel plans in accordance with the restrictions, which include:
1. Vehicular traffic in and around Tank Bund and Necklace Road will not be allowed from 10 pm on Thursday up to 2 am on Friday
2. No light vehicles, except those going to the RGIA, will be allowed on the city's Outer Ring Road and the PVNR expressway from 11 pm on Thursday up to 5 am on Friday
3. No vehicular or pedestrian movement will be allowed on the Cyber Towers flyover, the Gachibowli flyover, the Biodiversity I and II flyovers, the MindSpace flyover, the JNTU Flyover and the Road No 45 flyover from 11 pm on Thursday up to 5 am on Friday
4. The Durgam Cheruvu bridge will be closed from 11 pm on Thursday up to 5 am on Friday
5. The drivers and operators of all cabs, taxis and auto rickshaws should be in proper uniform, and carry all their official documents (ID cards, licences and permits)
6. Cab and auto-rickshaw drivers should follow a strict no-refusal policy in compliance with Section 178 of the Motor Vehicles Act (1988), and an e-challan penalty of Rs 500 will be imposed on those found to be violating the law. Such incidents can be reported on 9490617346 through WhatsApp. The complaints should contain the details of the vehicle, and the time and place of the incident.
Besides this, Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar said that extensive patrolling and regular checking will also be carried out in order to curb drunk driving, speeding, triple riding and other traffic violations.
The restrictions are likely to dampen the spirits of those looking to ring in the new year with a bang, especially as the city police also announced restrictions on large New Year eve celebrations