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Special traffic arrangment for Kanwariyas in Gurgaon
Gurgaon is famous for its traffic woes and due to the movement of Kanwariyas- people who are devotees of Shiva and travel barefoot to offer him prayers, it has become a challenge for Gurgaon traffic police to manage the traffic.

Every year, thousands  of people travel to various parts of India such as Gomukh, Gangotri, Rishikesh and Banaras to take water from the upper course of Ganges and offer it to Shiva. The displacement of thousands of people towards some part of India requires a lot of administrative planning so that inspite of the crowd, traffic snags are avoided.

Today, on the eve of Shiv Ratri, the Shiv devotees in thousands who for Kanwar are coming back to Gurgaon. It may add to the traffic jams in the millennium city. In order to deal with this situation, tight security has been increased in the entire city.

Road side camps are noticeable in and around the city, where special provision of water and rest have been set up. Roads have special lanes for Kanwariyas, who can walk as and when they want inspite of traffic.

When asked about added security measures, Joint Commissioner of Traffic Police, Bharti Arora said, ''To avoid traffic chaos, separate lanes have been made for the pilgrims along with the Delhi-Jaipur Road. With the deployment of traffic police at all crossing sections in the city, local policemen have been stationed too. In order to make the Kanwariyas movement comfortable, in a large quantity, guards have been positioned across the city.''

Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidhyathi, on being asked as to who provides the needed permission to set up camps in Gurgaon said, '' MCG and HUDA, whoever owns the land are asked for permission and they provide it.''

A lot of volunteers are also active at this time of the year, as sawan month is said to be the most auspicious month amongst Hindus. Volunteers, who help Kanwars are also believed to earn a lot of good fortunes. Food arrangement by local people like fruits is offered to the devotees on all the way.

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