Vijayawada police stated that a set of traffic regulations are being imposed in and around Vijayawada city for the upcoming Pushakalu to avoid the extreme traffic jams keeping the heavy rush of pilgrims in mind. Crucial areas in the city will now be declared No Vehicle Zones for the 12 days.
The No Vehicle zone stretches from Prakasam Barrage to Panja Center and only Pedestrians, emergency services and essential commodity vehicles shall be allowed in the this stretch. There is no scope for any private vehicles to get into the city and all should depend on RTC’s public transportation system and a few auto rickshaws within the city. One town area people are going to suffer the most on account of this.
The borders of the No-vehicle zone are Swathi theatre centre towards the Hyderabad highway, Pandit Nehru Bus Station, Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu statue near the low bridge, Raghavaiah Park on MG Road and R.R Apparao street on BRP Road and Hindu High School centre in Kothapeta.
Prakasam Barrage will be closed for all the 12 days. Not even pedestrians will be allowed on the Barrage. The police stated that the city is divided into 19 zones and 74 sectors for the convenience of the traffic monitoring. They identified 120 parking places that could accommodate at least 40,000 vehicles at a time.