Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Pravin Mundhe told Mirror, “Of the new recruits in Pune police, the traffic department got the major share of manpower. We have around 300 new police personnel, whose help we plan to take to improve the city’s traffic situation. Out of these newly recruited personnel, we have set up a team of 60 for better traffic management.“ Four such teams have been deployed on various roads. “We have merged new recruits with the existing police personnel so that they can learn from experienced officers for effective action,“ Mundhe added.
Teams have also been instructed to keep an eye on major traffic violations like double parking, driving in the wrong direction, parking vehicles in no parking zones and more.Sub-inspector in-charge of Deccan traffic division, M Manchekar, said, “Double parking and driving on the wrong side of the road are two major contributors to traffic congestion on busy roads. For the last one week, we have been appealing to commuters to follow traffic rules and discouraging them from double parking and wrong-side driving. From Tuesday, as per fresh instructions, we have started penalising them. Once commuters come to know that the police are issuing fines strictly, they will stop breaking rules.“
The squads have been specifically instructed to walk on these roads instead of monitoring the traffic on vehicles. “Earlier, we would travel in police vehicles and instruct commuters to follow the rules. However, we realised that this was less impactful. Once the vehicle moved on, they would revert to breaking rules. Plus, vehicles take at least 10 minutes to complete a round of an area. Now, personnel have been told to walk on the road and connect more personally with commuters,“ said Manchekar.
Source : Mirror