Allka Shah, Member of Road Safety Advisory Committee for Mumbai police, talks about what traffic police can and can’t do to help the city avoid a messy monsoon.
Are the city traffic police equipped to tackle emergency situations during the monsoon?
The traffic police’s job is mainly to regulate traffic and enforce the rules and regulations. The traffic police can’t do much except issue advisories to the public. For the monsoon, the traffic police can make recommendations, but the real work falls on the BMC’s shoulders. For instance, the traffic police can suggest additional parking lots for emergencies, but the BMC has to make the allotments.
During emergencies, the traffic police must take adequate measures such as putting up appropriate signs and diversion notification boards. In flood-like situations, they must actively coordinate with other departments and make arrangements for boats and more police constables.
Traffic police officials complain that there is shortage of equipment.
As far as towing machines are concerned, I believe the traffic police are well-equipped.
What can people do to avoid trouble during the monsoon?
All motorists must do a pre-monsoon check-up of their vehicles. People should ensure their brakes and wipers are working properly and drive cautiously. Children, when on the streets, should wear raincoats with reflectors.