To make way for a seamless flow of traffic and end related woes, the Gurgaon police have decided to seek help of the local community. Commissioner of police (CP) Alok Mittal has proposed to institute ‘traffic committees’ to look into traffic related woes of the city.
While talking to the Hindustan Times, Mittal said, “We have decided for these committees corresponding to the jurisdiction of the zonal officers (ZO).
The committees will comprise three members from the local community of residents while two members, including the respective ZOs will represent the police department.”
Mittal said that these committees are a step towards empowering the residents of Gurgaon and entrusting them with the full responsibility to change the traffic scenario in the city. The committees would not just identify problem like absence or malfunctioning traffic and street lights, potholed roads, congested traffic, absence of zebra crossings, etc, but would also have the mandate to approach the authorities and departments concerned to get the problem fixed.
“In case the authorities concerned do not act on the complaints of the committees, we will seek for direct intervention of higher officials,” said Mittal, adding, “we do not want the committees to restrict themselves to only recommending. People must ‘virtually own’ their respective areas.”
As part of the same initiative, the CP said that ‘road safety groups’ are also in the offing.
Explaining the role of three such groups, Mittal said, “These groups will be organised under assistant commissioners of police (ACPs) and will have 10 residents on board.”
He said that Maruti driving training school, too, would be roped in to launch a drive to educate and train students, auto-rickshaw and bus drivers.
“Engagement with the community is the central idea of these initiatives,” Mittal said while summing up.