Traffic violators beware. From Monday, Delhi Traffic Police's chase-and-challan squad would be back in full strength, merciless against any traffic rule violation.
More than three weeks ago, about one-third of the 610 members of the chase-and-challan squad were withdrawn from regular duty to be deputed on Commonwealth Games duty as escorts to athletes' vehicles.
"They will be back in action from Monday," said Satyender Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
"We had to give additional task to the squad to manage traffic … but they will fully dedicate themselves to catch traffic violators."
During the Games, Delhiites behaved well on the roads. Now, the traffic department wants a lasting solution for the traffic woes in the city. Thus, department bosses have categorically asked the men on the motorcycle to be "merciless" to traffic norm violators.
"It will not be just to claim that Delhiites suddenly became law-abiding. But the pinch of Rs 2,000-penalty and the rigor of traffic police could inculcate some fear. We cannot penalise at Rs 2,000 any more, but strictness of our men will definitely bring in some relief," said Ajay Chadha, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
According to official sources, the average number of challans to traffic norm violators had come down during the Commonwealth Games. Only 2,400 challans were issued daily as compared with the average of 3,000 challans earlier.
A senior traffic police officer said the department was forced to address the manpower crunch during the Games, which is why "equal attention to roads was not possible".
However, now that the department has 2,500 fresh recruits, it has enough strength to manage traffic in the city.
Awareness drive by Traffic Police
Delhi Traffic Police would soon start a drive to educate Delhiites to give precedence to emergency vehicles.
"This will be a continuous process and we will press emergency vehicles on roads without any notice. Those who will not give precedence to these will be challaned," a senior Delhi traffic police officer said.