AURANGABAD: In an attempt to address the ever-increasing traffic woes as well as number of fatal accidents in the city, the Aurangabad city police have issued a notification banning the entry of private (luxury) buses within the city limits between 7 am and 11 pm.
Aurangabad police commissioner Nikhil Gupta said the decision was taken in the larger interest of the citizens. The notification, signed by assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Suresh Wankhede, cited the increasing population as well as the number of vehicles, narrow and bad roads as the key reasons for the decision.
As per the instructions, the movement of luxury buses within the city limits has been completely banned for a period of 16 hours. The buses will be allowed for eight hours during the night. For all the buses entering the city limits, the authorities have permitted a maximum speed limit of 40 km/hour.
Vehicles coming from the Pune-Ahmednagar and Dhule-Vaijapur sides will have to enter via Nagar Naka, Cantonment bridge, Baba petrol pump, Panchvati and will have to return using the same route. Vehicles coming from the Paithan road area will be allowed till Shahnoormiyan dargah via Mahanubhav Ashram chowk, Beed bypass road and Sangram Nagar flyover. Similarly, vehicles coming from Jalna will also be allowed till Shahnoormiyan dargah via Cambridge chowk, Jhalta Phata, Beed bypass road and Godavari t-point. Ones coming from Jalgaon road will have to opt for Harul t-point, Jalgaon t-point, Chikalthana, Cambridge chowk, Jhalta Phata and Beed bypass to cross the city limits.
These private buses have also been banned from making stops along any of these routes except at the spots designated by the authorities.
The buses owned by the state, those ferrying workers, students and emergency services have been exempted, while the buses carrying marriage parties, tourists and people for religious, social or picnic purposes will have to obtain time-bound permissions to ply on the city streets.