Heavy Vehicle Density Forces Dharamshala To Change Traffic Plan

Dharamshala: Vimukt Ranjan, SP Kangra, stated here today that the traffic system for the township has been changed into a One Way Traffic for all vehicles moving between Dharamshala – McLeodganj and Dharamshala-Khaniyara.

The new traffic system has been notified by District  Magistrate under section 115 of Motor Vehicle act 1988 initially for 30 days with eeffct from 21.09.2019  to get rid of unwanted traffic jams in the city.

Ranjan  said, “It is intimated in the public interest that there has been a gradual increase in the volume of traffic in Dharamshala. Being a busy tourist hill station, the average footfall of vehicles has increased many folds over the years which are not commensurate with the increase in the capacity of existing and new roads. As a result, Dharamshala town is witnessing frequent and long traffic jams which are causing inconvenience to local people as well as to the tourists.  Being a hilly terrain, there is limited scope for the creation of new arterial roads or even for the widening of existing roads. Therefore, the only and best possible solution to tackle this problem is the formulation of One Way Traffic Plan for Dharamshala town.”

 He said that  the Vehicles (small and medium vehicles) going from Dharamshala towards Mcleodganj shall move:- Either via Kotwali Bazar- Khada Danda  Or via  Dharamshala Cantt. to Mcleodganj. And while  coming from Mcleodganj to Dharamshala shall move either via Khada Danda Road, Session House, Deputy Commissioner Residence,  Bye Pass roadf  to Gandhi Chowk Or via Dharamshala Cantonment -Bye Pass road  to Gandhi Chowk. No Vehicles coming from Mcleodganj to Dharamshala shall not enter Kotwali bazaar. And all heavy vehicles from Dharamshala to Mcleodganj shall move via Gandhi Chowk, Bye Pass road , Dharamshala Cantt to Mcleodganj and will follow the same route while coming back.

He further said that all vehicles  going from Dharamshala to Khanyara shall move via Gandhi Chowk, Kotwali Bazar, Fountain Chowk, Khanyara Road to Khanyara. And while coming back small and medium vehicles shall be diverted from Ghamru Bridge to Shukla Nursing Home to Baba Medical Store . The Road from Ghamru Bridge to T-point where it connects with Shyam Nagar Road shall now be a “NO PARKING ZONE”. Heavy Vehicles coming from Khanyara to Dharamshala shall follow the route via  Darnu to Dari near ITI to Dharamshala.

He said, “ One Way Traffic Plan shall remain in operation from 08:00AM to 08:00 PM every day.  Emergency vehicles, Two Wheelers and ambulance can ply anywhere.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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