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Public participation key to success of traffic system: Bharti Arora

Bharti Arora, Hindustan Times   September 23, 2013
First Published: 02:32 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:19 IST(25/9/2013)

Lane discipline on Gurgaon roads is missing completely and that is one of the reasons behind road accidents. Does it not imply that the traffic police is not serious about it?
The answer to this question can neither be negative nor affirmative. The issue of lane discipline is a big concern area for the traffic department as recently one of our employees on duty was killed in an accident. Things have improved in the past few years despite the lack of manpower to enforce traffic rules, issue challans, etc. So what I mean is that there are always good and bad opinions, but our job is to make the system as good as possible.

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Traffic lights do not work properly in many areas and wherever they work, the commuters hardly follow the rules. It is because the traffic cops are hardly attentive. Why?
See, we cannot man each and every traffic signal in the city as there is huge scarcity of traffic cops and we are working in that area, seeking the government’s help to enhance capacity. Now, the violation is not only due to the absence of cops, it is also the commuters’ responsibility to follow the ethics and help the system. Without commuters’ participation, no traffic system can be put in place efficiently, I am sure. We have been telling the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to install traffic lights and other things in every meeting.

Signage, blinkers, reflectors, etc are missing on all Gurgaon roads, bringing bad name to the traffic department and its enforcement capacity. Do you think these, if properly placed on roads, can help make the system better?
I really agree that these things are very important but these are related to road engineering and so the traffic department is not solely responsible if these are missing on Gurgaon roads. There are several other things like slip roads, flyovers, clover leaves, underpasses and foot-overbridges which are urgently required. We are working in this regard.

Gurgaon traffic police do not have enough manpower and that is one main reason for poor traffic management. Is there any plan to enhance manpower?
This is true in letter and spirit and we have been demanding more traffic cops to fulfill the city’s needs and improve the system. We currently work with hardly 300-odd figures and this is certainly not enough. We have asked the government for help and hope it would respond soon.

Do you think there is a lack of synchronisation between the concerned authorities, such as Huda, MCG, NHAI, PWD, and the traffic department?
This is true and we are having a meeting in this regard very shortly. The traffic department is only responsible for regulating the traffic movement, but for infrastructure like widening roads, creating slip roads, service roads and flyovers, the civic authorities are supposed to play a bigger role and help the traffic department. (As told to Dhananjay Jha)

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