If you are planning a road trip to Lonavala, here's a heads-up. The Lonavala city police have converted several roads to one-way routes and have also revised parking arrangements since Monday.
One direction: The one-way lane systems were put in place to improve tourist experience and to reduce traffic congestion
To avoid getting caught for driving in the wrong direction and paying fines, make sure to keep an eye out for the 'one-way' signboards and parking instructions.
Motorists will now not have to worry about on-coming road traffic and will have a congestion free journey.
The Lonavala Municipal Council (LMC) had passed a resolution regarding this in 2007, which is now being implemented. Parking arrangements in Shivaji Chowk, Pandit Nehru Road and lanes leading to LMC, talathi offices and the police station have been changed.
Inspector I S Patil from Lonavala city police station said, "We have taken these steps to avoid traffic congestion in the city area.
We have also banned the plying of heavy vehicles on internal roads between 8 am to 1pm and 4 pm to 8 pm. These vehicles have been diverted to the outer road, so that they can reach their destinations on time."
This move was implemented to improve tourist experience by providing dedicated parking and safe spaces, and to reduce traffic congestion.
"The traffic modifications were necessary as every day more than 10,000 vehicles enter and exit the city, leading to massive traffic jams during peak hours. Local residents as well as tourists, who visit the place, suffer due to this," Patil said.
"We have installed signboards at different locations to make the drivers aware of the changes. Initially we were only warning people who were found violating the new rules, but now, we are imposing fines on them. Such action will deter people from violating traffic rules," Patil added.
Number of vehicles entering and exiting Lonavala every day