Shillong: Already under stress due to shortage of human resources to manage the lesser wide arterial and fringe roads in Shillong city, the Shillong traffic department is trying to work out another plan to regulate internal traffic movement and facilitate the movement huge domestic tourist carriers expected to hit its peak by Durga Puja.
Superintendent of Police (Traffic) B Laloo in an interaction with The Sentinel on Wednesday admitted that they are already comprehending a similar type of situation where a small vehicle from Umiam to Shillong (21kms) takes three hours for the tourist carriers to travel. In 2017, such was the footfall of Assam, West Bengal and Odiha tourists into the state that it was virtually out of possible for the traffic regulators to manage.
On an average, 40,000 cars goes in and out of Shillong each day and more vehicles are likely to enter during the festive season. This is further compounded by the fact that on an average 80 new vehicles hit the Shillong roads each day, as reported by the District Transport authority.