No traffic snarls on day of funeral
Shillong: Paying heed to advisory really helps as evident from the public adherence to the police call to refrain from using their vehicles to attend the funeral of Arch Bishop Dominic Jala in Shillong on Wednesday.
The anticipated 2 lakh inflow of faithfuls for the final rites had put the traffic police on tenterhooks, especially when scores of vehicles were supposed to enter Shillong with people who wanted to pay their last homage.
Parking places were arranged for vehicles coming from outside the city, while a advisory was issued to the residents of Shillong to walk to reach the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians at Laitumumkhrah. The advisory clicked as most of the catholic faitfuls and the local residents walked from their respective homes to reach the site of the final rituals.
There was virtual discipline; very few vehicles was seen within the five to six km radius of the Cathedral and the estimated 1.5 lakh people who reached the site did not create a single hassle to the traffic personnel on duty. Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Bikram Marak told The Sentinel that the advisory given was coherently abide by the residents of our city. “Today is a trendsetter for any other bigger events to come”, Marak stated, adding, “Let us make this day the another beginning of Shillong where citizens comply to our advisories, rules and regulations in order to overcome the odds of traffic management”.
“Can you imagine that there was not a glitch in the entry and exit of vehicles into Shillong and no traffic snarls in the city”, Marak said, besides saying if this type of co-ordinate efforts continues, the traffic scenario in the city will slowly get healthy.
Functionaries of the Catholic Church were all praise for the traffic police and the public for their adherence to the advisory where maximum of the people reached before time.