Indiscriminate putting up of barricades by the Delhi Police has led to traffic snarls on various roads, especially during evening rush hours.
The police went into an overdrive after the rap by Supreme Court on January 11. The apex court had slammed the city cops for lax security even after the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student on December 11.
Arterial roads such as the one near ITO, Moolchand, Lodhi Road and Patel Road have been especially hit.
The drive has become a headache for the traffic cops also as they are finding it difficult to manage traffic. Barricades create bottlenecks and slow down traffic considerably, triggering massive jams.
Even during after hours — when traffic volume is much lower — one can witness serpentine queues of vehicles due to police barricades.
According to police sources, erecting barricades during heavy traffic flow did not serve any purpose as policemen could not stop and check vehicles apprehending further traffic chaos.
“We understand that commuters have to face traffic woes due to barricades. We have asked all districts to use barricades judiciously and avoid peak traffic hours,” said a senior police officer.
“Security checks are important but they should not be at the cost of inconvenience to the people,” said the officer.
Police have also been asked to ensure minimum inconvenience to the people and focus on commercial vehicles, he said.
Following this instruction, the police have now changed the pattern of putting up barricades. “We keep half of a carriageway relatively free for movement of small private cars and two wheelers,” a police officer said.
The Delhi Police did not consult their traffic counterparts while launching a massive vehicle checking drive last week.
It resulted in major traffic jams on roads, leaving no space for vehicles to give precedence to even ambulances or other emergency vehicles.
Following criticism from road users in general and traffic police in particular, the police have changed the pattern of erecting barricades, said sources.
Special commissioner of Delhi traffic police Sudhir Yadav had also said that barricades should not be erected during peak hours.