Safety, the watchword

The police are gearing up to check road violations with a slew of measures, says R. Rajaram

The `engineering and enforcement' initiative that the city police have planned to undertake shortly with an increased allocation under the Road Safety Fund for the current fiscal is aimed at improving safety on roads and checking violations.

With an allocation of Rs. 18.32 lakh, the police have drawn up a slew of measures to undertake works in select points in coordination with the Highways Department. A sum of Rs. 12 lakh would be utilised for establishing centre medians made of iron grills along three key stretches `G' Corner to TVS Tollgate, TVS Tollgate to Mannarpuram, and Mannarpuram to Viralimalai Junction. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) will head a three-member committee to hold consultations with the Highways authorities. The tenders would be called for shortly and the works would commence in March, says the Commissioner of Police, Shankar Jiwal.

Though the city police sought Rs. 24 lakh, the fund received is substantial since only Rs. 1 lakh was sanctioned last year.

The funds are sufficient to erect three automatic signals on Pudukottai Road and District Armed Reserve Road near TVS Tollgate Junction and blinkers at the Airport and Court Junction.

Plans are also afoot to procure another speed radar gun, reflective jackets for traffic policemen and cats-eye for important junctions. Road markings on key thoroughfares including Mambazha Salai, Kohinoor Theatre Junction, Karur Bypass road, Mannarpuram Road also form part of the works taken up under "enforcement" category. The authorities are confident that the proposal to procure a LCD projector and cautionary signboards at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh would come through.

The LCD projector would be utilised for educating the public on traffic awareness. The police plan short films on traffic rules and road safety. With a separate funding of Rs. 3 lakh provided by Collector Ashish Vachhani, the city police have bought some equipment. Traffic constables have been given a beat book to jot down vehicle numbers, type of vehicles and offences committed to issue notices to them. The Traffic Reserve Inspectors have been instructed to be on the move in their jurisdiction and check violations at each point.

Ever since a dome camera was installed at the Head Post Office Junction, the traffic policemen booked about 100 cases, say authorities.

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