The security head of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee has been made the new traffic chief of Delhi Police.
Ajay Chaddha, a 1977 batch IPS officer, was relived of his post as Special Commissioner of Police, Commonwealth Games, on Monday.
This will be the first time that an officer of the rank of special commissioner will head the Traffic Police, all these years, which was headed by a joint commissioner of police.
Chaddha described the job of traffic police chief as a "challenging task."
"It is a field (traffic) that requires larger perspective and is a completely different field. It is a bigger job than what I was handling in the Commonwealth Organising Committee. I had a limited role there," said Ajay Chaddha, the new traffic chief while speaking to HT.
Chaddha said he would make special efforts to smoothen traffic situation in the city.
"The focus would be to reduce the number of accidents. We have to project a human face and adopt a people friendly approach," said Chaddha.
From the very beginning, Chaddha's appointment did not go down well with certain quarters in the CWG Organising Committee.
In January this year, a 1987-batch officer RP Sharma of Karnataka cadre filed an appeal with Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the Union government in January after his name was not considered for the CWG post even though it was initially recommended.
A panel headed by Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the Organising Committee, cleared Sharma's name.
Sources said that Chaddha gave in writing to the MHA that he wanted to be shifted from the Committee on "family grounds."