Odd-even system eases traffic in Kohima

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/22/2020 12:43:50 PM IST

The first day of the newly-enforced odd-even dated traffic system in the State Capital had a positive impact as traffic woes largely eased till late afternoon.

Kohima Police had on June 19 notified introduction of odd-even system from June 22 as measure to combat COVID-19 pandemic and minimise non-essential movement of vehicles within Kohima municipality.

The police claimed that the new rule was set in the best interest of citizens as it would ensure their safety and security, besides minimise non-essential vehicular movement as even during the lockdown period the State Capital witnessed massive traffic snarls. And Monday, the first day of the new odd-even rule, witnessed a smooth flow of traffic unlike other days even though some commercial vehicles were seen on the road as they were not able to comprehend the new rule.

However, citizens were seen largely cooperating with the new rule, which will continue till June 30.

On the other hand, many had raised issues about the rule that contradicted with the one implemented in Dimapur. 

A businessman told this Correspondent that if he was to travel down to Dimapur he would have to have two vehicles-- one with odd number and the other one with even number. For instance, he said Monday, in Kohima, was for even number vehicles while in Dimapur it was for odd numbers. He therefore urged the authorities concerned to address this issue so that it would not be inconvenient for people travelling from Kohima to Dimapur.

In may be noted that Sr. SP Kohima had exempted emergency service vehicles belonging to police, prisons, administration, paramilitary, medical, NST buses, government staff buses, fire services, NSDMA and SDRF, press, two-wheelers, trucks carrying emergency medical equipment/commodities and LPG cylinders and inter-State trucks carrying essential commodities bound for Manipur from the purview of the odd-even rule.


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