Jamshedpur: Chief minister Hemant Soren is scheduled to address around 50,000 supporters during his ongoing Khatiyani Johar Yatra at Gopal Maidan in the heart of the city on Tuesday afternoon and the event is likely to create a massive traffic jam.
According to the police, over 1,000 heavy vehicles, including trucks and buses, ferrying supporters of JMM from the three districts of Kolhan are likely to enter the city for the event. Moreover, 10,000 two-wheelers or more are also expected.
Notably, the ground is located at the busy intersection of the city, where hundreds of small and big offices are located. The area has a parking problem regularly, leading to traffic chaos throughout the year.
Hemant is expected to address his supporters around the time when the school hours are over and the students return home.
Talking to TOI on Monday, DSP (traffic) Kamal Kishore said three areas near the ground have been allocated for the parking of heavy vehicles and can accommodate around 500 vehicles.
Kishore also said around 300 police personnel will be deployed along the roads in the area so that traffic bottlenecks can be eased.
He, however, agreed that illegal parking on the roads during the political meeting may lead to a chaotic situation.
Stating that all efforts would be made to ensure that the commuters do not face hassles, Kishore said traffic diversion during the event could be announced and the decision would be taken on the spot.
Hemant’s meeting venue is located close to the main road connecting the Tatanagar railway station and two big hospitals, and any big event at the Gopal Maidan leads to a traffic mess. Earlier on January 21, the Tusu Mela at the ground created a traffic jam for around six hours in the area and the cascading effect was felt in the entire city. Similar situations were witnessed during the Tata Steel-organized flower show and the winter carnival earlier this month.
Mohan Patel, a senior citizen living at Contractors Area, which is located close to the ground, said residents of the locality have to suffer during any kind of event in the area.
He said, “It often becomes impossible to step out of our houses as vehicles are illegally parked in front of the gates. I am a cardiac patient and loud public address systems used by the political parties at the ground, which is just 250 meters away from the Tata Main Hospital, creates a lot of problem for me, apart from causing sound pollution, and should be banned.”
Rumi Sinha, who works with a bank in Bistupur, said, “Learning lessons from the past, I will take a detour to reach home though it will mean travelling many more kilometres than on normal days.”
Another resident, Rita Banerjee said she would not send her son to school as he will face problems while returning.

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