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Facebook helps cops find solutions to traffic woes

delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2010 23:42 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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Recently, the Delhi Traffic Police (DTP) issued a strict notification about the restriction on the number of students in maxi cabs and school buses. The new guideline said a maxi cab could only carry 50 per cent more students than the sitting capacity. The DTP has also made it that strict action would be taken if any school is found violating guideline.

The DTP have been working towards turning certain roads pedestrian-friendly by giving a phase for pedestrian crossing.

The department has taken initiative to put visible signs mentioning zones for parking and no parking, tow-away zones, taxi-, bus- and auto-zones, along with others.

The citizens have Facebook to thank for all these actions. Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic), said the above-mentioned initiatives have been taken based on the complaints and suggestions received by DTP through the social networking site.

“Facebook has proven to be a unique tool. The posts (on the Delhi Traffic Police Facebook page) help us identify problems, and give us direction towards working out solutions. With the active participation and co-operation of all through the networking site, we are confident to manage traffic efficiently during Commonwealth Games and after as well,” said an enthusiastic Chadha.

Official sources said the department has initiated action on at least 10 such complaints and suggestions made through Facebook so far.

Overwhelmed with the suggestions and complaints, the department head issued an order to all DCPs on Friday: monitor Facebook every day, reply to the complainants there and initiate action.

The DTP logged on to the popular networking sites, Facebook and Twitter, about a month ago. The idea was to provide information about their new plans and initiatives, along with making the users aware about traffic condition.

Besides this, the DTP seeks suggestions, reactions and views from Delhiites.