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Maintaining order at a chaotic junction

Shabur Banu, a volunteer with ‘Friends of Police’, regulating traffic at the busy Taramani Link Road-Kambar Street junction in Chennai. 

Shabur Banu, a volunteer with ‘Friends of Police’, regulating traffic at the busy Taramani Link Road-Kambar Street junction in Chennai.  | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Shabur Banu, sporting a flourescent reflective jacket, stands out amid the chaos at the congested Taramani Link Road-Kambar Street junction. She makes her presence felt by regulating the traffic with a firm, yet polite authority. The junction which connects Velachery with the Information Technology corridor is known to be a heavy traffic zone.

Kambar Street junction, with dense traffic, is a veritable bottleneck on the busy route. However, the presence of Ms. Banu during morning and evening peak hours on all working days has had a positive impact in the smooth flow of traffic and eased the pressure on traffic police.

Ms. Banu, 45, who lives a few streets across the junction in Taramani and has enrolled with the “Friends of Police”, has been doing duty on the road for seven years now. She works as ward helper at a private clinic and lost her husband a few months ago. Although she barely manages with the income from her regular job, she yearns to help society. This prompted her to volunteer to regulate traffic on the arterial road. 

Velachery Traffic Police Inspector Benson said two or three junctions on the Taramani Link Road were prone to traffic congestion and heavy pedestrian movements. Ms. Banu’s work has been a big help to them.


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