Staff Correspondent

Municipal Commissioner only writes letters, says police chief of the twin cities

Police say... Provide land for truck terminal Complete roadwork to regulate traffic Police helped corporation clear encroachments

HUBLI: Commissioner of Police, Hubli-Dharwad, Narayan Nadamani has expressed unhappiness over the way in which the Commissioner of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, P. Manivannan, is dealing with the police.

To a question regarding traffic management system in the twin cities at a press conference here on Monday, the Commissioner said the police had not been properly dealt with by Mr. Manivannan.

The Police Commissioner alleged that the Corporation Commissioner wanted him to do everything. "He just writes letters and wants us to do everything," he said.

"The Police Department cooperated with the corporation in every way during the demolition drive conducted in the twin cities to clear encroachments. Now, I don't know why the police is being blamed by the Municipal Commissioner," he said.

To a question, Mr. Nadamani said it was not the duty of the police to acquire land for parking trucks. If the corporation identified and acquired the land, then the police would ensure that the trucks were parked at the stipulated land and not anywhere, he said.

Regarding streamlining vehicular movement in the twin cities, he said since the road improvement works of the Corporation were still on, the police were finding it difficult to solve the problem.

Mr. Nadamani said various equipment and kits for the police constables would be reaching the department shortly.

Mr Nadamani said unless an alternative arrangement was made for parking, the police could not ask the truck owners and drivers not to park their vehicles in the New Cotton Market premises. "They have been parking their vehicles there since decades, where should they go if there is no alternative?," he asked. But he would take steps to ensure that the vehicles were parked on only one side of the road. Regarding levy of fine on offenders violating traffic rules, he said the police were at it.

About the increase in the crime rate in the twin cities, Mr. Nadamani said the department is taking steps to contain the crime rate and security at several strategic points had been tightened.