5,000 civil­ian guides in­ducted in Mumbai to de­con­gest traf­fic

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI / STATE - DIWAKAR SHARMA

Mumbai po­lice have launched ‘traf­fic guide project’ to en­cour­age peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in pa­trolling and vol­un­teer­ing pedes­tri­ans and gen­eral pub­lic and to obey traf­fic rules. The project, the brain­child of Mumbai po­lice com­mis­sioner Datta Pad­sal­gikar, will give a huge re­lief to the un­der-staffed traf­fic force.

Speak­ing at the launch of traf­fic guide project at Na­tional Sports Club of In­dia (NSCI), Pad­sal­gikar said to­tal 5,000 traf­fic guides have been in­ducted till now.

“Out of th­ese 5,000 traf­fic guides, roughly 2,000 of them are al­ready vol­un­teer­ing on roads to reg­u­late the traf­fic spe­cially dur­ing peak hours,” said Joint Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Amitesh Ku­mar on the side­line of the event on Tues­day.

Mumbai po­lice have been vis­it­ing dif­fer­ent col­leges to in­duct them as ‘traf­fic guides’. At present to­tal 1,000 stu­dents from var­i­ous col­leges have been vol­un­teer­ing to ease the traf­fic on city’s ar­te­rial roads.

“The traf­fic guide project pro­vides a plat­form for adults to col­lab­o­rate with the Mumbai po­lice in man­ag­ing traf­fic across the city, by help­ing im­ple­ment­ing rules. It is a po­li­cepub­lic part­ner­ship pro­gramme and we en­cour­age all cit­i­zens of the age of 18 years and above to ded­i­cate few hours in a week to de­con­gest the city’s traf­fic. Every Mum­baikar can par­take in this for­mal recog­ni­tion pro­gram by Mumbai po­lice and help in cre­at­ing a bet­ter and safer Mumbai,” said Ku­mar.

Sev­eral civil­ian guides were given safety kits in­clud­ing re­flec­tive jack­ets, ba­tons and whis­tles at the event, where chief min­is­ter’s wife Am­ruta Fad­navis was also present.

The guides are be­ing trained by traf­fic po­lice per­son­nel about the rules and reg­u­la­tions. “Soon we will be send­ing them videos about the do’s and don’ts of road traf­fic,” Ku­mar added.

The city po­lice in as­so­ci­a­tion with Car­toon Net­work also un­veiled an aware­ness pro­gramme #BachchePo­liceBu­layenge for child safety and se­cu­rity. Two videos, fea­tur­ing Car­toon Net­work’s pop­u­lar char­ac­ter Kris ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren on traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions and stranger safety, were un­veiled on Tues­day. The cam­paign aims at in­still­ing the habit of ap­proach­ing the po­lice in case of an emer­gency and how can a child com­bat them to­gether.

“In pur­suit of build­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment for our kids, the cam­paign, #BachchePo­liceBu­layenge aims to ed­u­cate and sen­si­tise chil­dren to be aware, re­spon­si­ble and ad­here to so­ci­etal rules and reg­u­la­tions. We want to en­able them with all the right in­for­ma­tion so they grow up to be well in­formed cit­i­zens and lead by ex­am­ple. Keep­ing this ob­jec­tive in mind, we found an ideal part­ner in Car­toon Net­work given their com­mit­ment to their young and im­pres­sion­able view­ers,” said Pad­sal­gikar.

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