Traffic police a failure for managing traffic in Karachi
Driving sans helmet made biggest crime
KARACHI— Karachi Traffic Police removed illegal car parking sites from Karachi’s main finance and trade centre besides I I Chundrigar Road. The removal of illegal car parking sites is believed to improve the smooth traffic flow. The area is predominantly flooded with banks and other financial institutions and the business community has lauded the Karachi Traffic for this action.
However, the Karachi Traffic Police has conducted similar actions in past, which all proved as temporary measures and removing the illegal car parking sites would only result in removal of illegal parking mafia and the traffic flow situation could not be improved as the number of vehicles and motorcycles that are regularly parked in front of offices and financial institutions would continue as usual.
The menace of takeaway stalls and lack of traffic management and corruption in Karachi Traffic Police is the main root cause of all evils that has writhed the nerves of the citizens. As time proved time and again, it is obvious that the Karachi Traffic Police is incapable of maintaining the traffic on scientific grounds and sadly the Traffic Police are not trained for this.
The menace of illegal car parking that is creating dozens of gridlock across the city is still rampant with the connivance of the Traffic Police. The car parking sites are a direct source of huge income to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation ( KMC) and Cantonment Boards ( CB). The menace of illegal car parking is flourishing in the city with the certain officials of KMC, CBs and Karachi Traffic Police. Local District Police is also involved in this menace.
The off- the- street parking alongside the entire route starting from Rizvia Sociaty traffic signal to Guru Mandir is off the sight of the Karachi Traffic Police. As estimated, around 10 million people use this route to reach city centre from Orangi Town, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, New Karachi, North Karachi, Gulberg, Surjani and F B Area.
Another route is New M A Jinnah Road where owners of car showrooms have blocked the entire route starting from Quaid’s mausoleum to Central Prison Karachi. In past, many Karachi Commissioners launched a drive for cleaning this route but they failed. This route is one of city’s top sites that is a blessing for the corrupt officials in bureaucracy and Traffic Police.
Saddar is the third major area that is always under gridlocks and the traffic police personnel deployed here do not manage traffic flow but perform a vigilance work for Traffic Police’s contractor for lifting those motorcycles and cars that the commuters park alongside Abdullah Haroon Road. Each affected commuter pays a handsome amount in penalty to get his vehicle back.
Sadly, a multi- storey CDGK Car Parking Plaza is located at a distance of hardly 2 kilometers, which has the capacity to accommodates hundreds of cars and motorcycles but the city administration, Karachi Traffic Police have failed this car parking plaza because making this operational would cause an end to Traffic Police’s income in millions.
On the other hand, each of the Traffic Police officers and cops on streets have been directed to target at least target 20 commuters and impose penalty on them for traffic rules’ violations. However, the motorcyclists and drivers of small loading cargo vehicles are the sole target. Each motorcyclist without a helmet is fined for Rs. 150 plus Rs. 20 as bank charges. Thus a total of Rs. 170 is collected from the motorcyclist. Traffic Police have earned millions through this action only against the motorcyclists and penalizing the commuters for parking their motorcycles and cars alone except owners of car showrooms, autorckshaw garages on entire route from Rizvia Society to Guru Mandir alone.
The use of cell phone during riding a motorcycle or car or any four wheeler is also a serious violation of Traffic Rules and is highly dangerous for the drivers, passive passengers and other riders and drivers. However, Karachi Traffic Police might not have any record of imposition of fine on those drivers and riders caught during the act of using cell phone during driving or riding. Conversely, the action against AFR ( Applied For Registration) and fancy number plates, tinted glassed cars is also missing. It is apparent that lacking a helmet during ride of a motorcycle has become the crime of highest level alone.
Apart from Traffic Police’s actions, district police are equally tormenting the commuters especially the motorcyclists in the garb of checking for driving licenses and documents of motorcycles as the motorcyclists are always easy bait for minting money. Ban on pillion riding proves to be a season of the blessing for district police.