Pune: The city police on Monday received complaints regarding major traffic congestion at Market Yard.
“The congestion occurred around 11am as large number of vehicles transporting essential commodities like vegetables and fruits, among others, assembled at the market for loading and unloading goods. The traffic police decongested the traffic,” Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta said.
Gupta said, “We have taken action relating to disobedience against 100 people for not maintaining social distancing under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code in various parts of the city.”
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Rahul Shrirame said, “There were complaints relating to traffic snarls at Market Yard and its adjoining suburbs because large number of goods vehicles were stranded/parked in a haphazard manner. We ensured that the vehicles were parked systematically so that no inconvenience was caused to other vehicles plying via Market Yard. There were also complaints relating to minor traffic jams near Santosh Hall on Sinhagad road, Yerawada, Maldhakka Chowk and Shahir Amir Shaikh Chowk because of heavy rains, water logging and signal disruption. We streamlined the heavy flow of traffic manually and ensured that there was no major traffic disruption.”
Shrirame said, “We have fined around 8,000 motorists for committing traffic-related offences like stopping on zebra crossing, riding triple seat, not wearing helmets, not carrying driving licence etc. The action against motorists was taken by policemen on field duty via CCTV cameras. We also used CCTV cameras for monitoring the traffic situation at important chowks and junctions in the city.”
Meanwhile, the police on Monday penalised 1,815 people in the district for not wearing face masks.