Guwahati, August 8, 2017: The Kamrup (metro) district administration on August 7 declared both the new and old Saraighat bridges as the no-parking and no-selfie zones.
Deputy commissioner M. Angamuthu in an order directed deputy commissioner of police, Guwahati (West),Mridulananda Sarma, to ensure compliance of the order. From today, anyone who takes selfies or parks his or her vehicle in this area will be slapped a fine up to Rs 10,000.
“It has been observed that several accidents are taking place these days while taking selfies. Most accidents occur because of non-compliance of basic rules. Not only they cause irreparable loss of lives but also affect law and order,” Angamuthu said.
The administration took the decision as Guwahati is the gateway to the Northeast and there should be a systematic approach towards an issue, he added.
“Around five mishaps have occurred on the new Saraighat bridge since its inauguration. But traffic congestion and suicide are the two major concerns,” Angamuthu said.
“We had to take this step since the bridge has been witnessing traffic snarls because of huge footfall,” said Sarma.
The district administration also announced to renovate the Gandhi Mandap here under the Smart City project. For this purpose, the circle office here was directed to hand over the land of the Gandhi Mandap to Smart City Ltd. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will lay the foundation stone of the project on October 2.
As part of the project, the old statue will be replaced with a new one, while the district administration will carry out an eviction drive on the land allocated for the Gandhi Mandap. A thorough survey will be conducted for this purpose after August 15.
A police outpost will also be set up in the Gandhi Mandap area to ensure security of visitors. The district administration will submit a proposal for a separate committee to supervise and monitor the renovation of the area.
Source: The Telegraph