The Haryana government on Friday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that it had formed a dedicated traffic police force across the state, while Punjab said it was considering the matter.
During the hearing of a contempt of court petition related to traffic, the Haryana government told the HC that it had taken a decision in this regard on January 29.
The court was told that in each district, the force would be headed by a deputy superintendent of police (DSP)-rank officer, and that the government was in the process of finalising the structure of the force management and requisite manpower. It was also told that traffic management plans had been sought from the districts and accordingly, a decision regarding manpower requirement would be taken by the government.
The government’s reply came on the report sought by the HC, wherein it had asked Punjab and Haryana whether it was possible to have a dedicated traffic force as traffic police personnel were found doing VIP duties as well.
The court has also sought reports from Gurgaon and Faridabad municipal corporations and other cities of Haryana on the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in their areas of jurisdiction.
In its reply, the Punjab government told the court that a meeting had been held recently, presided over by the chief secretary, in which detailed reports had been sought from the home department about the administrative control of the dedicated traffic police, if created, whether it would come under the transport department or remain under the police, and issues such as manpower and other infrastructural needs.
The government has been given one fortnight’s time to take a decision about administrative control of the traffic police, if it is created, and one month for deliberations on manpower and other infrastructural requirements.
The court also observed that when VIP convoys were given pilot vehicles, why were a large number of police personnel deployed along the routes. “It is time for change. Consider all this as well,” the HC bench observed while asking the government to ensure that no traffic policeman was shifted from his duty for VIP movement.
The HC also directed the principal secretary, local bodies, Punjab, to hold a meeting with the secretary, home, and discuss the modalities for the installation of CCTV cameras within the area limits of municipal corporations, municipal committees and improvement trusts in the state at all vantage and vulnerable points.
‘Use disposable pipes with alcometer’
The HC on Friday directed Punjab and Haryana governments and the Chandigarh administration to ensure that only disposable pipes are used by policemen with alcometers for checking drunken driving.
Earlier, the court observed that fixed alcometer pipes were being used, especially in Punjab and Haryana. Once one motorist is examined, these pipes should not be reused as it could result in transmission of diseases from one person to another, the court said. During the hearing, the HC was told that there were only 229 alcometers in Punjab.