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'PMC should deploy its own men at BRTS routes' says Deputy Commissioner(Traffic ) Pune

Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 9:30am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare is known for taking concrete steps for streamlining traffic across the city. He has also undertaken a number of intiatives which are aimed at decongesting and resolving traffic issues. DCP Pandhare spoke to Nadeem Inamdar about his plans.

School bus safety has been a cause of concern for the parents...
The traffic police have found that a majority of school buses owners have deployed female attendants following the drives that were carried out for creating awarness about the issue. We have also carried out a joint drive with the RTO and caught those buses who were found violating the school transport vehicle safety norms. We will take strict action against all those who don't abide by the rules. However, taking action against school buses for violating the norms come directly under the purview of the RTO, Pune.

What about the drive against those not wearing helmet. Has it slowed down ?
The traffic branch is taking regular drives against those found violating the helmet rule. Our drive against the violators has yielded good results and a large number of people are found wearing helmets now. A number of initiatives aimed at making young people wear helmets have been carried out in association with several schools and academic institutions throughout the year. We are also aiding the local military authority to strictly enforce the helmet rule in the cantonment area.

What about action against the cars and two-wheelers driving on the BRT route ?
It is a very serious issue that the citizens are driving on the BRT route. We appeal to them to refrain from taking to the route as it is dangerous and can turn fatal. A number of accidents resulting in deaths have resulted on the BRT in the recent past.

What is the remedial action for BRT route ?

We have asked the PMC to create a separate BRT cell to directly deal with the issue. The crux of the entire focus is that the PMC should appoint a supervisor to monitor and control traffic violations taking place at BRT. The traffic branch alone cannot carry out enforcement and it is important that the PMC takes a lead and deploys its own men at the entrances of BRT routes to stop the violators from gaining entry into the BRT route.

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