K.N. Murali Sankar

Traffic panel move yet to take off

Over 30 specially-designed jackets distributed

City police to review functioning of the committee

VIJAYAWADA: Have you ever seen a civilian wearing a sky blue-coloured apron with the word ‘POLICE’ written on it and standing at any of the traffic junctions in the city?

If you have, then you would be glad to know that he or she is the member of the traffic advisory committee of the city police who volunteered to regulate vehicular traffic during peak hours at traffic junctions where there is no possibility of deploying a traffic policeman due to manpower constraints. But then, you may not have seen any one like that till now.

Though over 80 men and women from different strata of the society enrolled their names as members of the traffic advisory committee and promised to assist the police, one can hardly see any of them discharging their duties. Though the main idea of the police was to take suggestions from the members of the committee to improve the functioning of the traffic wing, the members offered their services to regulate traffic and insisted that they be given a special identity.

During the traffic safety week observed in the second week of February, some specially-designed jackets were distributed to over 30 members of the committee. Though the remaining members could not turn up for the function, the police kept the jackets ready for them too. Though a couple of volunteers initially participated in traffic regulation at Head Post Office junction in One Town and the ever-busy Benz Circle for a couple of weeks, they too stopped turning up of late.

“We can’t pressure them to work, as they volunteered their services on their own volition,” says V. Suresh Babu, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

Of the 80 members of the committee, only one person is working at some junctions during peak hours whenever he can make it, Mr. Suresh Babu observes.

Demand

He says there is great demand for the membership of the traffic advisory committee and he is receiving applications from the aspirants frequently. “We’re not sure how many of them will really help us by spending a couple of hours on road at least twice a week.”

But the police appear to have decided to review the functioning of the committee before enrolling any new member. “We’ll soon convene a meeting with the committee members and take a decision on whether to continue with the inactive members or not,” says Mr. Babu.