HYDERABAD: A crackdown by the traffic police against errant APSRTC and auto rickshaw drivers since Monday has turned out to be a boon for passengers. With bus drivers halting bang in front of bus bays, the exercise seems to have enabled police reduce the usual traffic chaos on main roads.
Irked by traffic gridlocks near bus bays owing to haphazard parking of autos, traffic police have began a special drive against drivers. A series of programmes were also organised to sensitise drivers on problems caused by indiscriminate parking at bus stops.
Police placed barricades at several bus stops to earmark separate parking space for the buses to halt. Holding portable wireless public address systems, constables have also been asking drivers to stop buses at the designated places instead of stopping on the main road.
Immediate issuance of challans to drivers who failed to comply with rules is also on. “With the help of digital cameras, we are also recording traffic violations to issue challans,” said a police official at Khairatabad.
Commuters seem to be feeling the difference and are expressing satisfaction over the traffic police initiative.
“It used to be a difficult task to board a bus as drivers stop the vehicle on the road instead of bus bay, of late they are coming into the bays,” said K. Susheela, a private sector employee and resident of Tarnaka.
Buoyed by the success of special drive, police are also planning to construct permanent barricades at bus bays where roads were already widened.
“The initiative has indeed helped us reduce traffic chaos on the roads. We will continue the crackdown for next two weeks too,” added Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) C.V. Anand.