The city traffic police not only risk their lives and of motorists, but they also violate traffic rules by stopping vehicles on the main carriageway of the Gurgaon Expressway for checking registration papers and penalising drivers. There are no cones or fences erected before the halt sites.
An HT team spotted a traffic police team at ‘exit 6’ near Iffco Chowk on Tuesday. The officials had stopped three vehicles — two trucks and a tempo — to challan them. No traffic cones or indicators were put up to divert traffic while checking was going on.
When the HT team enquired about it, the police said that imposing challans on the expressway was not against the law. However, they could not reply when asked as to why they don’t follow any safety measures before stopping vehicles.
“We are issuing challans as per law. This is a step to make the people follow lane driving on expressway,” said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic) Gurgaon.
“When the Delhi Police conduct such activities they follow safety measures. Why don't they increase their presence at Rajeev Chowk and other areas instead of NH-8,” said a former senior Delhi traffic police official on the condition of anonymity.
On November 15, last year, a tragic accident took place on the NH-8 which claimed ten lives when one vehicle rammed into another which was illegally parked, after which the police asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) as well as the Expressway operator company to take stern measures to check unauthorised parking on the roadside.
Earlier, in a meeting of NHAI, Expressway operator Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), the MCG and the Huda, Gurgaon police commissioner KK Sindhu said the authorities, toll operators, vehicles owners parking illegally along the NH-8 and Expressway will face legal action.