Chandigarh:A day long visit of President Pranab Mukhejee and President of Israel Reuven Rivlin at CII fair Sector 17 and then to Mohali left the city commuters frowning as traffic on the roads connecting from Chandigarh Airport light point to Transport light point till Sector 17 was almost halted by the Chandigarh police here on Saturday.
The President reached the Chandigarh Airport at around 11.55 AM, following which the traffic moving towards Chandigarh was stopped at Airport light point.
During the visit, the traffic was barricaded by the Chandigarh police for about 20 minutes when the President landed and another 20 minutes when the President left. However, the police had made special arrangements for the emergency vehicles.
Meandering queues of vehicles were seen on Dakshin Marg as the traffic was halted at the Airport light point and similar situation was witnessed at the Sector 22/17 roundabout from where the cavalcade again reached venue.
Ripanjit Singh Soni, an advocate from Ambala, who was on a city visit with his family, said “police stopped traffic for about 20 minutes. I was heading towards Chandigarh, and was coming from Zirakpur but didn’t knew that I have to wait for so much long time in the jam”.
“The problem is not just that the traffic was halted for 20 minutes or more but the when released the vehicles were in queue of hundreds which resulted into traffic snarls further”, added Soni, a commuter.
VIP visit leaves cops on toes
The visit of President, Pranab Mukherjee and President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin on Sunday brought almost all Chandigarh police officials on its toes. Even the city IPS officials were seen verifying the duties and checking the arrangements to ensure safety of the President.
With a force of more than 1500 cops, along with 12 DSP’s and 40 Inspectors, the Chandigarh policemen were seen deployed on their duties around the city corners. The tight schedule kept the officials of the administration moving all around.The President visit put the government machinery on toes for more than 48 hours before the event begun.
An official of the police department said that it was a tense day today as the President and other VIPs had to visit Chandigarh for various events. Starting from security arrangements to all other arrangements, officials were on their toes. We could not afford to make even a small mistake while keeping vigil.
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