Mumbai: On the first day of unlock vehicular movements on city roads especially on Western and Eastern Express Highways have increased, however as the police have not put up any nakabandis (barricades) there was not much traffic congestion reported on Monday.
As per the traffic officials, there was a rise of at least 20 per cent vehicular movement on Monday in comparison to the other weekdays, as the government as allowed offices, shops and other establishments to open as per it's unlock plans.
"As the restrictions have been reduced we have not put up any barricading on WEH as a result there is no traffic congestion reported on Monday. There, however, is less traffic than what was reported last week, which could be attributed to the checkpoints, " said Deputy Commissioner of Police, traffic (western suburbs) Somnath Gharge.
Based on weekly positivity rate and occupancy of oxygen beds, the state government on last week decided to lift the lockdown in phase wise manner. Mumbai falls under level three where private offices, shops, restaurants, gyms and saloons are allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity till 4 pm on working days.
As there are ease of restrictions till 4 pm, the police are likely to put up nakabandis after 5 pm, said sources from traffic police.