Additional commissioner of police (traffic) HG Patel has charted out a detailed plan, focusing primarily on improving the traffic sense of citizens and keeping roads free of encroachments. With that, the city traffic police seem to have finally woken up from its slumber. Incidentally, this move comes after ages of inaction or policy paralysis as what the ruling BJP government in the state likes to accuse the Centre of.
It is a common habit among commuters to park vehicles at zebra crossing when the signal is red and start crawling much before the light turns green. However, Patel is in no mood to allow commuters to continue with the age-old practice.
“The drive will focus on awareness as well as enforcement.
For one week, our police will ask cars to stay behind the stop line, which is necessary to avoid chaos at signals. If commuters do not follow the rule after one week, we will start penalising them,” said Patel, who took charge just a month back. He had earlier served as deputy commissioner of police, Zone 2, when he took a bold decision to clear the Bhadra area of hawkers, albeit temporarily.
Based on his orders, the traffic police have swung into action. “We have been asked to make sure that no one crosses the stop line at signals. We have launched our drive across the city,” said RH Sindhi, assistant commissioner of police.
All the traffic police, including inspectors, have been deployed at junctions across the city. They can be seen asking commuters to stay behind the line till the light turns green at Mansi circle, Parimal Garden, Thaltej circle and Shyamal crossroads.
Patel has also asked his men to act tough on encroachment near traffic junctions. “Every crossroad must be 100% free from encroachments. We did a survey recently with the help of AMC to remove encroachments, including hawkers, parking and shops. Even if they are there for last 20 years, they have to go,” he said.
According to the plan, 15 metres of the stretch on the left side of junctions will be cleared with the help of local police, AMC and traffic police for easy flow of traffic at junctions during peak hours.
Patel has also decided to clear the roads of cows and other animals. “We have already started catching cows from the roads. We are taking the help of AMC to remove these animals from roads,” said PR Patel, traffic police inspector of the western part of the city.