Published On : Thu, May 15th, 2014

Countdown for Counting begins; It’s ‘No Entry’ in Kalamna Yard on May 16

Nagpur News.

With the rising excitement for the counting day, the arrangements too have picked up pace. Kalamna will be out of bound for all vehicles on May 16, the day when the counting of votes will begin to decide upon the fate of the Lok Sabha candidates who were in fray for Nagpur and Ramtek Lok Sabha constituencies. Kalamna Market Yard will be the power center on May 16 and police are not taking any chances as they placed the fool proof 360 degree security measure in place. No entry for all types of vehicles is one of the precautionary steps for maintaining law and order and smooth passage of counting of votes.

The ban on vehicles will be enforced from 5 am and will last till the entire counting process is completed. Police have made alternative arrangements for passing the vehicles. The heavy and passenger vehicles will be allowed to run from Old Kamptee Road and Maruti Showroom Square through Kawrapeth without touching Kalamna. All vehicles will be barred from Kalamna Market to Vijay Nagar Outer Gate, Chikhli Square to Kalamna Railway Crossing, Crematorium to Kamptee direction and other areas. The vehicles that have been barred from entering Kalamna include autos, Matadors, trucks, ST buses, Star buses etc. Traffic will be open from Bharatnagar to directly Bharatwada Road. Vehicles coming from Vijaynagar will be diverted through Kalamna Outer Gate Road to Bharatnagar. Other arrangements for diverting traffic are also in place and would be changed if the situation warranted, said a statement issued by Joint Police Commissioner Sanjay Saxena. The state further said the ban of vehicles will be in force on May 16 from 5 am till the entire counting process is completed.

Counting arrangements

A Strong Room has been created in Kalamna Market Yard where all the EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) have been deposited amidst tightest security ever. Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in large number to guard the Strong Room. The EVMs were used during April 10 voting for Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies. The EVMs will be opened at 8 am on May 16 foe counting of votes. Assembly segment-wise counting has been planned and 15-20 tables for each segment will be arranged. About 1500 officials and employees will be involved in counting process.

The District Administration has hinted that counting of votes will be finished in approximate 18 rounds for Nagpur and 25 rounds for Ramtek constituency. The Collector has planned to declare results within five hours. The round-wise information will be made public but only after permission from Election Commission. Each counting table will be occupied by vote counting employees, representatives of candidates and observer of Election Commission. The entire counting process would be under surveillance of CCTV cameras.