Gurgaon police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk believes smooth movement of traffic depends on engineering, education and enforcement of traffic rules with the first being the most important. Virk also says that traffic police in the city needs more manpower, for which, he has already sent a proposal to augment the resources.
Commuters on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway witness long traffic snarls, accidents and gridlocks. Is there a solution to the problem?
Problems on the highway are not an issue of enforcement. It is more about the failure to visualize fast urbanization leading to rise in vehicular movement in the city. The road is not integrated into the urban landscape and there are basic design and engineering flaws that lead to chaos. The police have to face maximum flak despite having minimum stakes in managing the expressway.
Time and again the police have written to the Huda and MCG to improve the traffic infrastructure across the city and along the expressway. Have the civic agencies responded positively?
Managing traffic is a joint endeavour between the police and the civic agencies. The civic authorities have to maintain roads, traffic signals and other infrastructure. We want these agencies to act proactively on the suggestions made by the traffic police and also on issues flagged by us. The police should be taken into confidence when plans for new underpasses, flyovers and other such projects are made. We can give valuable insights.
Can the problems on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway still be tackled given the design and engineering flaws?
Commuters need to be more aware of traffic rules and follow these diligently. Enforcement is only a part of the solution, commuters should be disciplined. We have introduced the community policing initiative that has augmented resources and helped us join ranks with civil society to bring a positive change. There is also a need to increase the number of buses plying on the road and the Metro should have a better reach.
Do you think addition staff could help in managing traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway and across the city?
Gurgaon needs at least a thousand more traffic police officials. Proposal for the same has been sent to the HQRS and is being processed.
Gurgaon has only 183 sanctioned traffic police personnel. We have deployed around 350 regular police officials for traffic duties.