New Darjeeling traffic rules kick in, no Tiger Hill visit without coupon

Mon, Sep 2, 2019

Our Correspondent
More than one hundred vehicles going to Tiger Hill were returned back by Darjeeling Police on Sunday since they did not had the mandatory coupons.
Twenty vehicles which had taken the coupons from Darjeeling Sadar Traffic Police one day in advance were permitted to visit the tourist spot of Tiger Hill as the new traffic rules have commenced in Darjeeling.
“We started the new traffic rules and we feel the changes were a success. Coupons were issued yesterday to those interested to go to Tiger Hill. We allowed 24 vehicles which had coupons while around 107 vehicles without coupons were returned back,” said Darjeeling Traffic OC Dorjee Sherpa.
As per the new traffic rules, the number of vehicles visiting Tiger Hill has been restricted to 300 daily. The vehicles need to get a coupon from traffic police office here a day in advance.
Asked if the number of vehicles for Tiger Hill would be increased during the upcoming tourist season, DSP Somnath Saha said: “We have sent a letter to the Forest department which has an open area there asking if they would allow parking in that spot. Let us see what their response is but we are hoping they will allow it. If that is allowed then about 700 to 800 vehicles will easily fit there.”
The traffic rules for Darjeeling had been formulated during an interaction of Traffic police with stakeholders here at Chowrasta on August 24. Among the new rules, no vehicles are allowed to enter the town between 7 am in the morning to 8 pm in the night and the entire area along Darjeeling Zoo to be a ‘no stopping’ zone.

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