Traffic police personnel who have been facing health complications due to inhalation of noxious fumes day in and out at congested road junctions in the city have cause for much-awaited relief.
They can henceforth take whiffs of pure air — thanks to the acquisition of the Oxygenrator equipment by the City Police. Three units, each costing Rs. 53,000, have been installed at the Cantonment, Fort and Palakkarai Traffic stations. The constables can use the facilities during their morning roll call and after duty hours every day.
The equipment draws in from the atmosphere and through a process of filtering, releases purified form of oxygen — to the extent of 98 per cent. “The equipment constitutes a part of welfare measure,” the Commissioner of Police Karuna Sagar told the media here on Thursday. Another Oxygenrator would be acquired shortly to extend the benefit to the entire force in the traffic wing, he said.
On modernisation, the Commissioner said that five breath analysers and two speed radar guns have been procured to detect drunken driving and over speeding respectively. These equipments will be procured in more numbers shortly, said Mr. Karuna Sagar.