Shortage of staff hits traffic management in city

  • Abhinav Madhwal, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: May 11, 2015 15:32 IST

A shortage of personnel has hit the traffic management in the capital city.

The force is almost half compared to the previous years after several personnel were transferred and some were promoted.

According to figures received from the traffic office, there are 70 male constables, 12 women constables, nine head constables and one traffic sub-inspector to man around 10 lakh population of the capital city.

In 2014, there were two traffic inspectors in Dehradun, 18 traffic sub-inspectors, 25 head constables, 165 constables and 26 women constables.

Circle officer of traffic (Dehradun) Arun Kumar Pandey admitted the department was grappling with a shortage of staff.

"We are being assisted in challaning works by the city patrolling unit, but there is still need for more," he said.

The shortage of staff has forced the traffic department to rope in services of police officers, home guards and Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel.

The department has reduced the number of personnel at the posts and is also taking the help of regular police and the home guards to manage traffic.

Pandey said they would seek the help of the Civilian Police to fill up the vacant positions.

"We have urged the police department to fill up the vacant posts and have received information that the needful would be done very soon," he said.

Inspector general of police (Garhwal range) Sanjay Gunjyal has suggested to the city traffic police to take the help of Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel for the task.

The department is also trying to find out other personnel from the civilian police to engage in traffic management.

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