Soon, roundabouts and crossings in Gurgaon likely to witness heavy deployment of traffic personnel on the lines of Delhi. This is because the Haryana government has sanctioned the deployment of about 1,000 new traffic personnel.
The existing strength of Gurgaon traffic police is about 350 and a major portion of the new sanctioned strength is likely to be diverted here.
In a city where about 50,000 vehicles are registered every year, managing traffic on roads is a daunting task for the under-staffed traffic department. The traffic personnel are forced to remain on duty for 10-12 hours a day and availing leave is tough.
Police officials said a proposal had been sent to the Haryana DGP, seeking more policemen for Gurgaon and the same has been permitted. The department is hopeful it would get a major portion of the sanctioned strength soon and traffic movement is likely to improve.
However, police believe that traffic problem cannot be solved by merely adding more strength as a number of roads need to be widened. As per the norm, eight traffic policemen need to be deployed on each busy roundabout, while four will be deployed on normal-sized crossings.