Why have you failed to tackle traffic snarls in Gurgaon?
Traffic management is not a standalone concept and, therefore, is not the responsibility of any particular department such as the traffic police wing. About 30 lakh vehicles, including trucks and containers, ply on Gurgaon’s roads daily but unfortunately our roads are narrow and crossings are not well-designed.
Then what is the role of traffic police in managing traffic?
The core responsibility of the traffic police is to enforce rules and it is just five per cent of traffic management. We have enough and adequately trained people in the traffic wing. Rest is the job of the development agencies such as the Haryana Urban Development Authority that design and construct roads. Unfortunately, these agencies do note take into consideration road engineering and traffic volume ratio while designing roads.
Give us a few bad examples of poor road engineering here?
Most roads in Gurgaon are not wide enough to take care of the fast increasing traffic. The case with the crossings is similar. For example, IFFCO Chowk has one flyover when it should have a cloverleaf design, like the ones in Dhaula Kuan and near AIIMS.
It is said that the Gurgaon police lack an effective traffic wing. How do you react to that?
It is not true. We have enough people with adequate traffic management skills. Our people are being trained rigorously on basic traffic management skills, rules and regulations and on aspects of public behaviour.
What solution do you have for the problem?
I am going to create a core group with officials from stakeholder agencies like the HUDA, PWD, town and country planning department and others, who would contribute towards designing a traffic management model. I am not happy with the findings of the UMTC that is preparing the Integrated Mobility Plan.