Traf­fic po­lice mitr to help re­solve traf­fic is­sues

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

PANVEL: Con­creti­sa­tion work on four roads in Panvel has be­gun si­mul­ta­ne­ously which has sent the traf­fic in the city into a tizzy.

The in­dis­ci­pline of mo­torists and hap­haz­ard park­ing has made mat­ters worse with traf­fic snarls oc­cur­ring all over the city.

To re­solve the prob­lem and free mo­torists of traf­fic is­sues, the traf­fic po­lice has, de­cided to ini­ti­ate the po­lice mitr con­cept on the lines of the po­lice force. The de­ci­sion was taken by the deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Arvind Salve.

The de­ci­sion was an­nounced by Salve at a meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the cit­i­zen union fo­rum and city coun­cil­lors ear­lier this week. The po­lice have is­sued spe­cial iden­tity cards to res­i­dents who have vol­un­teered to help the po­lice. These res­i­dents are known as po­lice mitr aur po­lice friends. The traf­fic po­lice mitr plan is based on the same con­cept.

The city traf­fic po­lice do not have ad­e­quate per­son­nel to ad­dress traf­fic woes. It is not pos­si­ble for the traf­fic per­son­nel to be present at all lo­ca­tions where there are traf­fic snarls.

Sev­eral per­son­nel are posted

on the high­way to en­sure free flow of traf­fic. This leaves lit­tle time for them to man­age traf­fic within the city lim­its. “The traf-

fic po­lice mitr are re­quired to re­duce the bur­den on our per­son­nel and also re­solve the traf­fic snarls in the city,” said Salve.

“We will start the project first in Panvel and if it is suc­cess­ful there, we will im­ple­ment it in Navi Mum­bai as well,” he said.

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