Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration has announced to levy a fine of Rs 10,000 for every vehicle or bike that halts on the twin Saraighat bridges, running over Brahmaputra river in Guwahati, to click a selfie. Additionally, severe actions will be taken against the convict in accordance with the law.
According to a report by The Indian Express, the main Saraighat bridge, which was built during former PM Jawaharlal Nehru’s rule in 1962, has now been declared as a “No Selfie Zone” by Kamrup district administration. A notice issued by the district magistrate of Kamrup (Metro) read, “The two bridges on the Brahmaputra have been declared protected area and stopping vehicles on the two bridges has been declared unlawful. Following this order, taking selfies on the bridges has been also banned. The two bridges have been declared as No Parking Zone and No Selfie Zone.”
This law has come due to the increasing traffic on the bridge by people who stop by to click pictures. The traffic on bridge results in the inconvenience of fellow passengers and vehicles crossing the bridge. It has also resulted in deaths of many in the past. According to the notification, many had lost their lives to dangerous traffic caused by passengers parking unauthorisedly on the bridge.
The two bridges, one of which was constructed in January 2017, will now remain a no-parking zone for all. The new bridge was constructed this year due to increasing traffic on the bridge that results in extensive traffic jams during the day.