Hyderabad: Major-General Pithawalla said, “We have decided to impose the traffic restrictions for three reasons: 1. Security; 2. The fact that the defence establishments are located amid civil areas and 3. To regulate traffic. However, we have identified alternative ways, like by-lanes and free accessibility to the main roads for the convenience of commuters.”
“It has become a tough job for our trainees to cross the roads as 50 per cent of the training institutions are located on the main roads. At least one or two hit-ant-run cases are reported everyday. Also, many defence establishments are located on the main roads,” he added. The Army has decided to restrict traffic moving from SP Road/East Marredpally towards Allahabad Gate (Entrancement road), between Secunderabad Club, Picket/West Marredpally towards Wellington Enclave (Wellington Road) and Safilguda junction towards Safilguda railway crossing (Ordnance road) and Mornington Road, according to an official release issued. The restriction will start from October 1 at 10 pm.
Andhra Sub Area authorities have asked to form a committee with not more than five people from RWAs and work on the following lines:
1. Civilian committee in consultations with Army officials-AOC to arrive at a solution to find alternative routes, which can be developed.
2. Army will not close its roads during day from January 1, 2015, until alternative roads are developed having targeted time schedule.
3. Army will also come forward and allocate some land to develop alternative routes once the RWA civilian committee finalises the plan of action.
4. Army is ready to work through RWAs with civic authorities like GHMC, R&B and HMDA to arrive at a solution.
However, there won’t be any ban on ambulances and in cases of emergencies. The RTC buses will be allowed during the restricted timings till the State Road Transport department finds alterative routes. That apart, school buses and autos will be allowed as well.