Traffic rule violators in the Capital are having a field day with few traffic policemen on duty on the city's roads.
A chunk of officers from the traffic police are on Commonwealth Games duty, resulting in a miniscule number of officers, around 40 per cent, handling city's notorious drivers.
If the Delhi Police records are to be believed, then in the last 10 days the number of challans per day has gone down to a measly 1,500 to 2,000. Before the Games, the figure was anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 challans per day.
The traffic police are at present concentrating on smooth running of the Commonwealth Games lanes.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said, “Most of our force is busy with the enforcement so it has affected the number of challans issued. There are problems like traffic congestion in some parts of the city but overall the traffic situation is good.”
Officers have been deployed at every 200 metres on Games lanes.
A senior police officer said, “Most of our staff is stationed at the Games lane or outside the venues maintaining traffic. That is the reason why we are not able to challan people. It is affecting general policing on a day to day basis.” He did not wish to give his name as he isn't authorised to speak to media.
Even 'chase and challan' drive of the traffic police has taken a hit with only around 100-odd motorcycles being used to ensure that no traffic plies on the Games lanes.