Guess what Ranchi should do to get snarl-free, clean and roomy roads? It just needs to ensure that VIPs come calling every day.
Birsa Munda Rajpath, commonly known as Bypass Road, was a far cry from its usual self on Friday, thanks to Union cabinet secretary A.K. Seth's first visit to the state capital. The district administration took special care to ensure that there was no congestion on the route that the central official was to take ' Birsa Munda Airport to Indian Institute of Coal Management.
The thoroughfare underwent a major transformation with traffic personnel, in starched white shirts, replacing their pot-bellied colleagues. Garbage had done the vanishing act. So did illegal structures.
"Preparations started a day before," said a Sukhdeo Nagar police officer, who was directed to knock down all encroachments.
"We cleaned the entire stretch from Ratu Road roundabout to Sahajanand Chowk. The makeshift shops near Shani Maharaj temple and Kishore Ganj Chowk were removed yesterday," he added.
Police patrol teams were told to be extra cautious to prevent any untoward incident. "At times, drunken people get involved in brawls on the road," the officer said.
Four-wheelers were prohibited to park along Bypass Road or the newly widened Kanke Road. Additional traffic police were deployed at all roundabouts, starting from Birsa Chowk to IICM turning.
Commuters were especially happy. "I usually start from home around 9.30am so that I can reach office by 10am. Today, there was no traffic jam and I was able to reach in 15 minutes," said Harmu's S. Kumar, an employee of CCL.
Their only wish? "If only such order could be maintained throughout the year, then we would be never late to office," said B. Rajgadia, another resident.