Jamshedpur: City police will take help of over 100 college students and NCC cadets in traffic regulation during puja rush along important roads. The step is aimed at streamline traffic police strength which is facing manpower crunch with a strength of over 70 constables, as against a requirement of over 350.
“We have taken over 100 students including both boys and girls from different colleges of the city and also NCC cadets. They have been undergone five-day rapid training at traffic training school in Burmamines. We are currently providing them trial duties at various major traffic intersections so that they are in groove to handle traffic regulation during puja rush on road,” said East Singhbhum SSP Anoop Birtharay.
Incidentally, there are nearly 30 crowd-puller ones (out of a total of 311 licensed puja committees) which attracts huge footfalls of visitors during the Durga Puja.
In the wake of ever increasing number of the vehicles in the city, especially the two wheelers, and floods of people thronging the roads during the five celebrated days of Pujas the traffic police finds it too, difficult to control the traffic movement on the busy streets.
Besides, with limited strength of the traffic police personnel the department finds itself in mess during the hectic period.
Two dozen NCC cadets are likely to be deployed, if at all they are, in the streets that attract maximum vehicles, precisely on those roads that connect to popular Puja pandals of the town.
For example, the Kharkhai Bridge, the major link between Steel city and Adityapur, that witness sea of vehicles during the Pujas, demands additional force to control vehicular traffic.
Nonetheless, vehicular movement in Telco (HS road), Sonari (near Kagalnagar), Sakchi (Aam Bagan and Kasidih), Bistupur (Rani Kudar), Kadma (Rankini Temple), Burmamines and Bhuiyandih are most likley to draw heavy crowd and traffic personnel would face the problem in these areas.
“The sole purpose behind seeking cooperation from NCC cadets is to ensure free movement of vehicles during the five hectic days. And, the motto is to go for accident free pujas. But, the onus lies on the revellers too, who should practice traffic rules while plying vehicles on the busy roads,” saida traffic police official.
Notably, NCC last year carried out ‘ puja duty’ at specific pandals on the request of the puja organisers but, this year they have not received any official communique from the district administration, as far as traffic duty is concerned.