As the Ganesh festival reaches its crescendo with the Ganpati Visarjan, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Pune are gearing up for grand processions and celebrations. To ensure the safety and convenience of devotees and commuters, traffic authorities in these cities have put in place a series of traffic restrictions, diversions, and road closures. Here’s a comprehensive overview of the traffic updates in these cities to help you navigate the Ganpati Visarjan chaos seamlessly.
Mumbai Traffic Updates:
Due to visarjan procession of various Ganesh idol of prominent pandals in Lalbaugh and Kalachowki area & rush of devotees visiting them.
— Mumbai Traffic Police (@MTPHereToHelp) September 28, 2023
As per the Live Mint reports, to ensure a seamless Ganesh festival and Anant Chaturdashi celebrations, the Mumbai Traffic Police have laid out specific traffic restrictions and plans:
- One-Way Traffic on Dr Annie Besant Marg: To ensure a smooth Ganpati Visarjan procession, southbound traffic on Dr Annie Besant Marg in Worli will be restricted.
- Traffic Rerouted on NM Joshi Marg: The section of traffic going from Shingte Master Chowk to Bharatmata Junction on NM Joshi Marg will be blocked during the festivities.
- Mahapalika Marg Closure: Vehicular traffic on Mahapalika Marg will be suspended, and an alternative route will be established through CSMT Junction, D.N Road, and L.T Marg.
- No Parking Zones in Kalbadevi: Eight routes in the Kalbadevi vicinity will be marked as ‘No Parking’ zones, including J.S.S Road and Sant Sena Marg.
- Colaba’s No Parking Zones: Nathalal Parekh Marg, Captain Prakash Pethe Marg, and Rambhau Salgaonkar Marg in South Mumbai will be designated as ‘No Parking’ zones, except for emergency vehicles.
- Traffic Restrictions in DB Marg Division: Dadasaheb Bhadkamkar Marg, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Marg (from Prarthana Samaj Junction to Vinoli Junction), and Walkeshwar Road will be completely closed to vehicular traffic.
- Traffic Flow Changes in Tardeo: Several roads in Tardeo will transition from ‘two-way’ to ‘one-way’ traffic, including Pandita Ramabai Marg and M.S. Ali Road.
- Byculla’s Traffic Congestion: The Byculla area, known for prominent Ganpati pandals like Lalbaugh and Kalachowki, is expected to experience substantial traffic congestion and a high volume of pedestrians.
- Bhoiwada Traffic Changes: In the Bhoiwada area, streets like Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya Marg (Naigaon Cross Road) and King E.D Road will become ‘one-way’ streets.
Hyderabad Traffic Updates:
Today is the Ganesh Shobha Yatra and immersions of idols will take place on a big scale . The route is as shown below in the map and no traffic will be permitted to go across . Government has declared a holiday .
It’ll be my request to everyone to stay indoors and you can… pic.twitter.com/eKytMUB29v
— CV Anand IPS (@CVAnandIPS) September 28, 2023
As per the reports from Newstap, Hyderabad is gearing up for the Ganesh Shobha Yatra festival with traffic restrictions:
- Procession Routes: The main Ganesh procession enters Hyderabad through Balapur and passes through several areas, including Charminar, Abids, Basheerbagh, and NTR Marg (Necklace Road). Idols from different zones join the main procession at specific points.
- Traffic Restrictions: Only vehicles involved in the Ganesh procession are allowed on the main route from 6 pm on September 28, 2023, to 10 am on September 20, 2023. There may be traffic restrictions on PVNR Marg and Tank Bund during this period.
- Traffic Diversion Points: Vehicles not part of the procession will be diverted at various points along the route. Commuters are advised to use alternate routes to avoid diversions.
- Exit Routes for Empty Trucks/Lorries: Empty trucks and lorries after immersion must follow specific exit routes to leave the procession area.
- Restrictions on Inter-State/District Lorries: Inter-state and inter-district lorries are prohibited from entering Hyderabad city from 8 pm on September 28 to 8 am on September 29, 2023.
- Private Buses: Private buses are not allowed to enter the city from 6 pm on September 28 to 10 pm on September 29, 2023.
- Alternative Routes for Airport and Railway Station: Passengers travelling to and from the airport and railway stations are advised to use alternative routes to avoid traffic related to the procession.
Pune Traffic Updates:
नागरिकांना आवाहन करण्यात येते की, गणेश मूर्ती विसर्जन कालावधी मध्ये त्यांनी आपली गैरसोय टाळण्याकरता सोबत दिलेल्या प्रसिद्धी पत्रकातील मुद्द्यानुसार आपल्या प्रवासाचे नियोजन करावे. pic.twitter.com/h0kZgY8xNR
— पुणे शहर वाहतूक पोलीस (@PuneCityTraffic) September 26, 2023
As per the Free Press Journal reports, in Pune, preparations are underway for a secure and smooth Lord Ganesha immersion:
Security Measures by Pune Police:
The Pune Police have amplified security measures to maintain order during the immersion procession. Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Division, Vijay Kumar Magar, has announced 17 road closures, diversions, and No Parking zones to manage the expected crowd during the immersion procession.
Closed Roads and Timings (September 28 – September 29):
- Laxmi Road: September 28, 7:00 am to 29th September
- Shivaji Road: September 28,7:00 am to 29th September
- Bajirao Road: September 28,12:00 pm to 29th September
- Kumthekar Road: September 28,12:00 pm to 29th September
- Ganesh Road: September 28,10:00 am to 29th September
- Kelkar Road: September 28,10:00 am to 29th September
- Tilak Road: September 28,9:00 am to 29th September
- Shashtri Road: September 28,12:00 pm to 29th September
- J.M. Road: September 28,4:00 pm to 29th September
- F.C. Road: September 28,4:00 pm to 29th September
- Karve Road: September 28,4:00 pm to 29th September
- Bhandarkar Road: September 28,4:00 pm to 29th September
- Pune-Satara Road: September 28,4:00 pm to 29th September
- Solapur Road: September 28,4:00 pm to 29th September
- Prabhat Road: September 28,4:00 pm to 29th September
- Bagade Road: September 28,9:00 am to 29th September
- Guru Nanak Road: September 28,9:00 am to 29th September
Diversion Points for Closed Roads:
- JM Road: Jhansi Rani Chowk
- Shivaji Road: Kakasaheb Gadital Chowk
- Mudliyar Road: Apolo Talkies or Daruwala Bridge
- Laxmi Road: Sant Kabir Chowk
- Solapur Road: Seven Luv Chowk
- Satara Road: Vholga Chowk
- Bajirao Road: Savarkar Statue
- Shashtri Road: Senadutt Police Chowki
- Karve Road: Nal Stop
- FC Road: Goodluck Chowk
No Parking Zones:
- Sant Kabir Chowk to Alka Talkies Chowk
- Budhwar Chowk to Alka Talkies Chowk
- Shanipar Chowk to Alka Talkies Chowk
- Jedhe Chowk to Alka Talkies Chowk
- Puram Chowk to Futka Buruj Chowk
- Gadital Statue to Jedhde Chowk
- Senadutt Police Chowki to Alka Talkies Chowk
- Jhansi Rani Statue to Khandoji Baba Chowk
- Nal Stop to Khandojibaba Chowk
- Khandojibaba Chowk to Goodluck Chowk
These road closures, diversions, and parking restrictions will be in effect during the specified times on September 28th and will continue until the procession concludes on September 29th, 2023.
Plan your routes accordingly to minimize inconvenience and ensure a smooth immersion experience.
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