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Cops come online

Ever thought Twitter and Facebook would make life on Delhi’s roads easier for you? Simply add Delhi Traffic Police to your friends’ list, as you can now get live traffic updates on the move.

entertainment Updated: May 23, 2010 00:48 IST
Minakshi Saini

Ever thought Twitter and Facebook would make life on Delhi’s roads easier for you? Simply add Delhi Traffic Police to your friends’ list, as you can now get live traffic updates on the move.

“Delhi Traffic Police (DTP) was working on this initiative for long, and finally it’s been executed,” said Rajan Bhagat, ACP, PRO, Delhi Police. “The response has been overwhelming,” he added.

But who is actually tweeting? Is it a guy or a girl? “It’s not just one person but a set of people who update the Facebook and Twitter. They keep getting information from helpline numbers and inputs from commuters. Internet-literates are involved in the task and are continuously updating with tweets of the breakdowns that are happening on the roads,” said Joint Commissioner of Traffic, Satyendra Garg.

The police are also banking on commuters’ inputs. “Getting first-hand information from commuters and rectifying it immediately will be of great help in avoiding jams,” added Bhagat.

And so, the description on Facebook reads, ‘Management of Traffic in Delhi, during Commonwealth Games, will be a big challenge as well as a great opportunity. Delhi Traffic Police cannot possibly succeed without the active participation and co-operation of all road users in Delhi.’

Delhiites are already responding. The Facebook community boasts more than 2,000 people and ‘dtptraffic’ on Twitter has 423 followers.

“I’d like to congratulate DTP! And will tell all my friends,” writes Sandeep Kumar on Twitter. “Now we can interact with the DTP to further improve the traffic system in Delhi,” posts Rajeev Kumar.

DTP is even getting some complaints. “I’m a 9- year-old boy staying in East of Kailash. Our Mount Kailash-GK1 red light isn't working since the last 3 months which causes a lot of chaos throughout the day,” writes Aryaman Dubey. “Thanks for the update. We will revert,” is DTP’s instant reply.

There are suggestions, too, for DTP to take a note of. Sunny writes, “We expect much more than this, like CCTV monitoring, web based monitoring and Latest traffic management techniques like Datex ii.”