Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate of Police has banned marriage processions on five major routes of the City to ease traffic movement and provide passage to essential services.
Beginning February 1, wedding processions would not be permitted - neither during the day nor night - on New Airport Crossing-Acharya Vihar via AG Square, Raj Bhawan Square-KIIT Square, Kalpana Square-Raj Bhawan Square, Vani Vihar-Sishu Bhawan Square and Cuttack Road-Rasulgarh Square. The prohibitory order will remain in force till further instructions.
Police Commissioner of the Twin City YB Khurania issued the order basing on a report by DCP (Traffic) that such processions have been leading to congestion on the major roads of the City and commuters fail to reach their destination such as railway station, bus stop, airport as well as hospitals. Besides, essential services like ambulance and fire service also face difficulty due to obstruction caused by wedding processions along the main roads. The DCP (Traffic) recommended that licence for processions should not be granted to ensure smooth flow of traffic.