Mumbai: The metropolis reported traffic snarls at varied busy intersections on Monday morning and afternoon, despite the impounding of round 7,000 automobiles a day earlier than due to the violations of the restrictions for lockdown 5:0, which ends on Tuesday, and has been prolonged until July 31 in a bid to comprise the unfold of the raging coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak.
Western and Eastern Express highways, arterial roads resulting in the town from Vashi, Navi Mumbai; central and south Mumbai, and different foremost roads in western and jap suburbs reported traffic snarls.
Motorists and the police attributed the traffic jams to nakabandis put up on foremost roads in a bid to stop the violation of lockdown restrictions by the general public.
“We are checking vehicles across the city and impounding those that are out on the roads without any valid reason or documents,” stated Madhukar Pandey, joint commissioner of police, (Traffic), Mumbai Police.
“People are taking advantage of the easing of lockdown restrictions and there could be a surge in Covid-19 positive cases in the city. Our drive has been intensified and stricter restrictions on movements have been enforced across Mumbai,” stated a senior police officer.
Mumbai Traffic police authorities have put up nakabandis at over 180 locations within the metropolis in a bid to maintain a strict vigil on motorists, who’re roaming the streets with none legitimate purpose.
Nakabandis had been carried out at Kandivali SV street, Dahisar toll naka, Samta Nagar, Kora Kendra bridge, Malad Marve Road, and Magathane, which led to traffic snarls in western and northern suburbs.
All 94 police stations underneath the jurisdictions of Mumbai Police have been requested to hold out nakabandis at two main junctions of their respective areas.
Mahendra Nerlekar, a senior inspector from Jogeshwari police station, stated, “At least 50 cars and 150 two-wheelers have been impounded over the past two years, as the motorists were found to be wandering aimlessly. Some claimed that they hit the streets because they thought the lockdown restrictions were over. People are riding pillion on a two-wheeler even though it is banned.”
The violators are giving bogus causes to evade police motion.
“They have been coming up with all kinds of excuses such as going to work, delivering food to a relative admitted at a hospital, attending a court hearing, etc. However, almost all of them have failed to show valid documents to substantiate their claims,” Nerlekar added.
Many motorists complained that they had been harrassed by the police personnel for alleged violation of lockdown restrictions.
Many movies of Monday’s traffic snarls went viral on social media. While #MumbaiTraffic additionally trended on Twitter.
On Sunday, the Mumbai Police had appealed to all Mumbaikars to adjust to lockdown restrictions and urged them to not transfer past a two-kilometre (km) radius of their properties for any work. They have additionally been instructed to limit their out of doors actions just for important actions. Mumbai Police is more likely to deploy extra personnel for stricter implementation of lockdown restrictions and a spike of Covid-19 constructive circumstances within the metropolis.