Jamshedpur, April 28 : The district traffic police has decided to revamp the traffic set-up in steel city. In order to make roads safer for commuters and make them adhere to traffic rules, the traffic police has not only decided to increase the traffic constables and traffic posts, but also set up additional traffic signal posts shortly.
Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Vivekanand Thakur said in view of rising traffic flow, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers, the existing traffic police strength is not adequate.
“We have carried a study of the traffic system. We have decided that to set up additional 70 traffic posts, making the total number of traffic posts to 100. We have also decided to send a requisition for appointing 250 additional traffic constables in addition to the existing traffic constable strength of 109.
Once these additional traffic cops will join the department, then we will be able to manage the vehicular traffic in the way the city does need,” said Thakur.
The DSP (Traffic) said beside increasing the traffic posts as well as the constables, the department is planning to set up six more traffic signal posts in addition to the five posts existing in the city.
“Traffic management is one of the biggest challenges these days. We have pondered on problem areas of traffic identified under short term strategies that will be dealt immediately and the result will be seen on the roads within two months,” said another official.
The department has identified prosecution against violation of no-entry restrictions by heavy commercial vehicles, crackdown on public mode of transport, and auto-rickshaws stopping in the middle of busy arteries to pick up passengers, drunken driving/rash driving, drive for use of helmets and crackdown on overloading school van.
“The sole purpose behind seeking cooperation from public is to ensure free movement of vehicles. The onus lies on the people too, who should practice traffic rule while plying vehicles on the busy roads,” said an official.
Sources in the traffic department pointed out that besides increasing the strength of traffic cops and traffic posts and also increasing the traffic signal posts, the department has also decided to induct the equipment like speed limit radar (SLR), an electronic hand-held equipment to gauge the speed of any vehicles.
According to figure available with the East Singhbhum district transport department, the steel city has 5,94,998 vehicles registered from April 2003-04 to March 2017.