Sporting casual wear and a whistle in mouth, 23-year-old Vaibhav Nagar is a regular sight at Guitar square in front of Palasia police station in the evenings.
As the traffic peaks, Vaibhav guides motorists and two-wheeler riders to ensure they move smoothly without causing any jam or mishap.
Ask him why he is doing this and he says with a smile, “I love my life and care for lives of others too.” He adds: “I don’t want anyone to meet the same fate that I had met a couple of years ago.”
In 2010, Vaibhav had met with a serious accident near Velocity Mall on Ring Road. He was riding a bike when it skidded on the road resulting in a head injury which left him in coma for several weeks. He fought for life and after recovering from his injuries, joined a BCA course as he had to drop his engineering course midway. He then took up a job with an IT firm and simultaneously started managing traffic on the city road.
“People drive quite dangerously on city roads. It is very easy to violate rules but life would be much easier if people adhere to traffic rules,” he says thoughtfully.
Head constable J P Pandey, who is posted at Guitar square to manage traffic, says the boy (Vaibhav) is of great help. “One day he came and started managing traffic.”
“I stopped him initially because I was worried about his safety but he persisted. He manages things really well,” says Pandey.
Now every traffic cop posted at the square and at Palasia police station know Vaibhav. “Every evening, I go to the square, sip a cup of tea along with Daddu (a traffic cop), Pandeyji or whoever is on duty. Then we get on to our call of duty,” says he with a wide smile.
Talking about the time he was in hospital, Vaibhav’s mother Seema says, “He was on ventilator for 25 days. The accident had left him mentally unstable for couple of months initially, but now he is absolutely fine. I am very proud of him, but worry a lot if he doesn’t return home early.”
Vaibhav’s family shifted to Indore from Rajgarh in 2008 so that he and his siblings got better education. His father works with state government organisation and is currently posted at Guna.
In 2011, Vaibhav enrolled in BCA course and recently completed it with good grades. “I enjoy managing traffic. Initially, I used to manage traffic with hands but that was difficult. I then bought a whistle and it works.
“Traffic cops are a fatigued lot with their routine duty and hence do not pay much attention to the traffic. There are many colleges in Indore and if they can tie up with traffic police and send their students with prior training to manage traffic at different junctions each day, it will be of great help.
One has to give only a few hours of his/her life and ultimately traffic sense will prevail among people,” say he.