Delhi Traffic Police has more work now. Apart from managing vehicular movement, they will now have to clear the roads of beggars and vagabonds.
Recently the Ministry of Home Affairs informed the Rajya Sabha that to ease the traffic situation, the city traffic police are involved in “decongestion of corridors from beggars and vagabonds”.
According to the police, every year there is a 5-6 per cent increase in the number of vehicles on the city’s roads. On an average 65 lakh vehicles ply on the city’s roads daily.
Police say they have started the initiative to clear the roads of beggars and vagabonds in collaboration with Delhi government’s Social Welfare Dept.
“Traffic is often held up at various intersections due to the presence of beggars and vagabonds. With the help of the social welfare department officials we round them and send them to detention centres,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
On an average, 18 traffic jams are reported daily in the city, with the traffic helpline getting 6,729 complaints.
Minister of State, MHA Ajay Maken informed the Rajya Sabha, “Delhi Police has prepared a plan to tackle the traffic situation in a comprehensive manner in Delhi, which is based on the principles of road safely education, regulation, enforcement and engineering solutions.”
The officer added that such drives are being initiated at regular intervals at busy traffic intersections in the city.
Member of Parliament (MP) Mohammad Adeeb had asked “whether any survey or study has been undertaken to ascertain the volume of traffic on different roads in Delhi and also the problem of traffic jams.”
The MHA said that besides booking people for drunken driving and over speeding they are also taking strict action against “dumpers” that slow the movement of vehicles.
“Despite 23 per cent of the land area in Delhi dedicated to roads and increase in the road length by 20 per cent since 1996, there has been a considerable drop in the traffic speed and road availability per vehicle,” said a senior police officer.