ANDHRA PRADESH

Guntur police stress traffic-streamlining

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: The Guntur police propose to bring a major change in the dynamics of traffic flow in the city by introducing some `no entry' zones in roads and disciplining the driving culture of autorickshaw drivers.

The Superintendent of Police, V.C. Sajjannar, proposes to take up `Institutional Type' training programmes and awareness camps for several target groups to improve the way they use the roads. A field survey of the city roads is proposed on Wednesday to study the lacuna and find remedial measures, involving experts. Excellent results were achieved in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam by taking the help of some traffic management experts, which would also be tried in Guntur, he observed.

This initiative would involve traffic engineering personnel, whose services will be utilised for road laying and designing concepts, besides improving enforcement of traffic rules by deploying more home guards where necessary and involving volunteers from educational institutions, NCC and NSS for disciplining the road users.

Noticing that there was lack of coordination between the Guntur Municipal Corporation, the police and the district administration as far as traffic management was concerned, he said taking permission for digging would be made mandatory. Joint meeting

Some agencies dig up roads and do not inform the GMC, which leads to several traffic snarls. Next week, Mr. Sajjannar proposes to hold a joint meeting and inspection of the troubled spots in the city with the District Collector and the Municipal Commissioner. Agencies like the APTransco and the Roads and Buildings Department will also be involved to sort out the issues.

Separate meetings and training programmes would be organised for the private bus operators, autorickshaw drivers, students, and employees at their place of work, Mr. Sajjannar said.

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