RAWALPINDI - In order to ensure the security of the mourners and Muharram processions during Muharram-ul-Harram, City traffic police (CTP) Rawalpindi have issued a comprehensive traffic plan.

According to the plan, there will be complete ban on parking of any vehicle or handcart on the route the procession. City Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent Police (SP) Syed Ishtiaq Shah said that enhanced number of traffic wardens under the supervision of Inspectors and DSPs would perform their duties on city roads during Muharram.

Emergency squads will also be appointed to maintain the flow of traffic in the city, he added. The City Traffic Police have prepared a traffic plan for Muharram-ul-Harram to facilitate the citizens in the town, he added.  The CTO directed the officials to ensure parking at the distance of 200 meters from the route of the mourning processions and Imam Bargahs. The CTO also asked the Wardens to remove all kind of encroachments from the routes of processions besides keeping a vigil on suspected persons and things.

Strict disciplinary action will be taken against the delinquent officials, the CTO added. Syed Ishtiaq Shah informed that traffic load would be provided alternate routes during mourning processions and diversion would be available at various points for the motorists.

The Citizens can call at City Traffic Police Helpline 1915 to know about the traffic situation on the roads. An emergency control room will also be established to cope with any emergency.

Meanwhile, Rawalpindi City Traffic Police (RCTP) issued 39,501 challan tickets with fines amounting to over Rs 14.8 million imposed on traffic rules violators during the month of October.

Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent Police (SP) Syed Ishtiaq Shah informed that city traffic police in its efforts for the smooth flow of traffic on city roads impounded 520 vehicles and motorcycles in various police stations on severe traffic rules violations while a number of drivers were also arrested during the period.

CTO said that action in accordance with the law was taken against 1030 drivers on use of mobile phone while driving. 445 vehicles were challaned for having tinted glasses and the black papers were removed on the spot. 270 drivers were fined for wrong parking. 1951 two-wheelers who were driving without helmet were issued challan

slips during the period. 381 vehicles on violation of route permits, 290 under age drivers, 483 on pressure horns, 248 vehicles without proper light were issued challan tickets while 225 drivers were imposed fines on negligent and dangerous driving, he added.