Increasing vehicular population and shrinking road network has forced Delhi traffic police to restructure its territorial set up.
For close supervision of each traffic circle and effective monitoring of traffic movement, traffic police have redefined the boundaries of its districts.
According to special commissioner of police (traffic) Ajay Chadha, from traffic point of view, Delhi will now be divided into five ranges instead of three. “We have created two new ranges — Eastern range and Western range,” Chadha said.
Chadha said the New Delhi range, which earlier included East and North East districts of traffic, was too big to be handled.
“Two new ranges and one more district will help in better traffic management now. Each deputy commissioner will now be in charge of two districts," Chadha said.
Traffic flow pattern has also been studied closely to work out new boundaries and territories, a senior officer said.
Most changes and regrouping of circles have taken place in south Delhi where the condition of traffic movement has deteriorated in past couple of years. With more people shifting to Gurgaon and Dwarka the number of vehicles coming from one direction has increased considerably.
Chadha said 1,500 more constables are set to join by next month. Traffic police currently have the strength of 4200 against the sanctioned strength of 5871.