The traffic wing of Gurgaon police are finally equipped with cranes to tow away illegally parked vehicles after the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) gave five cranes to the department .
“We have finally got five cranes from the MCG. We have pressed them into service on old Delhi-Gurgaon road and eastern parts of the city,” Mahender Singh, assistant commissioner of police (traffic) said.
Till now, the police have been using clamps and deflating car tyres besides imposing a penalty to check illegal parking.
A few months ago, the MCG had given eight cranes to the traffic police to tow away vehicles parked at ‘no parking’ zones and clear bottlenecks. However, the civic body took back the cranes as they were not being put to efficient use, sources said.
“Now that the cranes are being put to use, we don’t mind lending them to police,” an MCG official said.
On Thursday, 22 illegally parked vehicles were towed away on the old Delhi-Gurgaon road. The campaign continued on Saturday with over 20 vehicles removed.
”We may ask for more cranes from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI),” Singh said.
The rule is that vehicles parked at no parking zones be towed away to the nearest police station. The owner can take the vehicle only after submitting a fine of up to Rs 800. Part of the money goes to the traffic department and a larger portion to the MCG.
The city got a new traffic head Y Puran Kumar on Thursday. A 2001-batch IPS officer, Kumar had been posted as joint commissioner of police in Gurgaon since April 2016.
After rain triggered mile-long traffic snarls on Gurgaon roads, including the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, the traffic wing of Gurgaon police saw many changes apart from appointing the new head.
Gurgaon police decided to deploy inspector-rank officers at 14 crucial points on the expressway and Sohna Road to monitor traffic round the clock. Also, the Haryana Police has announced plans to deploy 1,100 traffic police constables in Gurgaon.
The traffic nightmare was triggered by a downpour on July 28 that choked storm drains and flooded roads. It was cleared only around 4pm next day.