The Delhi Police’s latest arrangement to secure the city by putting up barricades on arterial roads even during peak hours has the traffic police upset. The barricading has choked arterial roads and triggered massive jams.
Following criticism by Supreme Court on Friday, in which the top court said Delhi’s roads were unsafe for women even after the recent gang rape incident, Delhi police have erected these barricades. They have come up on arterial roads such as ITO, Lodhi Road, Moolchand and Patel Road. Sources said these barricades came up without the traffic police’s consent.
Following traffic jams for three continuous days, the traffic police have now decided to take up the matter with the local police. “Security checks are important but not at the cost of serious traffic inconvenience,” said a senior traffic police officer.
Sources said that erecting barricades during peak hours are actually of no use as police cannot stop and check cars, barring a few which have windows fitted with dark films. “We check cars after vehicle pressure reduces during late hours,” said a policeman on duty at one such barricade on the road connecting ITO with Vikas Marg.
Special commissioner of Delhi Traffic Police Sudhir Yadav said he would take up the matter with local police and ask them to put up barricades after 10pm. Among those who complained of these jams were those in emergency vehicles.
“We have asked local police to at least give precedence to the emergency vehicles,” Yadav said. On Saturday evening, he also undertook an inspection of a few barricaded roads.
“While the timing of the checking has been left to the various departments and districts concerned, letting emergency vehicles pass will be given utmost priority,” said Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (operations).