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Lose the flab, traffic cops told

Twelve traffic police personnel from Gurgaon have got a two-month notice to lose their potbellies or else face action. And this is just the beginning.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2010 00:59 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Belly fat is the hardest to lose and any gym buff would have his/her struggle story to tell.

Twelve traffic police personnel from Gurgaon have got a two-month notice to lose their potbellies or else face action. And this is just the beginning.

Gurgaon police has begun to pick staff, both from its police and traffic wing, who it feels need to smarten up before the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

“We have to prepare for the Commonwealth Games when a lot of visitors will come. Also, the city attracts a lot of multi-national companies and foreign visitors. Our overweight and dowdy force leaves a bad impression,” said Gurgaon Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Mittal.

“We have decided to give our traffic policemen a smart look because them as well as those deputed on PCR vans and motorcycles are the ones who have maximum interface with the public compared to those who are deputed in police stations.”

The police department has zeroed in on these 12 traffic policemen from its 3,000-strong contingent of traffic wing and issued them an advisory to join the gym to reduce their big bellies as well as weight.

More such batches from traffic wing as well as from the PCR vans squad would be identified.

In October last year, Gurgaon police had replaced bulky metal hats and Danda (wooden staff) the traffic policemen carried with lightweight cowboy hats and batons.

“The department is planning to make them look smarter by giving them sunglasses,” said Mittal, who is a slim and tall officer himself.

On Thursday, the 12 traffic cops were summoned to Mittal’s office and directed to join the gym in the Police Lines complex in Gurgaon. He wants visible results in 15 days.

One of the 12 identified traffic constables, wishing to remain anonymous, said, “Our long working hours, working conditions and want to movement has turned me obese.”

He is deputed at one of the crossings on the Gurgaon Expressway.