Traf­fic cops face their own is­sues

Traf­fic Po­lice say is­sues re­gard­ing en­force­ment of scheme to re­main same; Study says it can’t stop pol­lu­tion; ma­jor con­cern is sale of fake num­ber plates

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Sak­shi Chand sak­shi.chand@dnain­

New Delhi: The Delhi traf­fic po­lice has listed op­er­a­tional is­sues in im­ple­ment­ing Odd-Even. Ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing school chil­dren in uni­form are ex­empt. But what about those re­turn­ing home af­ter drop­ping them? The traf­fic po­lice has also said LPG ve­hi­cles are not ex­empt, while the fuel is con­sid­ered clean.

Even as the Delhi gov­ern­ment has de­cided to bring back the Odd-Even scheme in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal, be­gin­ning Mon­day, the Delhi Traf­fic Po­lice have listed op­er­a­tional is­sues while im­ple­ment­ing the scheme.

The po­lice have also ex­pressed con­cerns about the prob­lems they are likely to face dur­ing the first phase of the scheme. Un­for­tu­nately th­ese con­cerns, which were voiced last year — when the scheme was first in­tro­duced — will re­main rel­e­vant this time as well since the ex­empted ve­hi­cles cat­e­gory is more or less the same as last year.

Other ma­jor con­cerns in­clude ex­emp­tion of ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing school chil­dren in school uni­forms. This had caused op­er­a­tional is­sues es­pe­cially be­cause a par­ent wanted to pick up his/her child from school af­ter clos­ing hours and sim­i­larly while drop­ping the child to school in morn­ing and then re­turn­ing home.

Also, there was no ex­emp­tion given to LPG mo­tor ve­hi­cles which are also con­sid­ered as a clean source of fuel, at par with CNG.

The Delhi Traf­fic Po­lice is a force of about 5,922 po­lice of­fi­cers; 80 per cent of whom are posted for field du­ties whereas 20 per cent are in of­fices and other units. With ap­prox­i­mately two crore peo­ple re­sid­ing in Delhi and over 90 lakh ve­hi­cles ply­ing on its roads, the num­bers are stacked against the Delhi Traf­fic po­lice. Other par­al­lel con­cerns in­clude check­ing at border points as many ve­hi­cles from NCR en­ter Delhi which poses a great chal­lenge. Then, iden­ti­fy­ing an of­fend­ing ve­hi­cle in run­ning traf­fic is not only chal­leng­ing but can lead to traf­fic snarls as well.

“A ma­jor con­cern is the use of fake num­ber plates since the High-Se­cu­rity Reg­is­tra­tion Plates (HSRP) has not been im­ple­mented for ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered be­fore May 1, 2012,” said Depen­dra Pathak, Spe­cial Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Traf­fic.

Also, there is an is­sue of surge pric­ing. Com­muters have voiced con­cerns that surge pric­ing will rise dur­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme. They’ve said there must be a so­lu­tion for au­torick­shaws and taxis charg­ing ex­or­bi­tant fares dur­ing this time. Mean­while, as men of the force will be on the ground im­ple­ment­ing the scheme, the traf­fic po­lice has also de­cided to ro­tate their du­ties from in­ner/mid­dle/ outer ar­eas.

“We tell our staff mem­bers to go for reg­u­lar med­i­cal check-ups. We are also plan­ning to in­tro­duce shift sys­tem for traf­fic po­lice for vul­ner­a­ble heavy junc­tions where traf­fic re­mains heavy through the day,” added Pathak.


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