Facing an acute shortage of staff, the city traffic police have sought a five-fold increase in their strength to mange the heavy traffic during the second edition of Indian Grand Prix to be held next month in Greater Noida.
On Monday, superintendent of police (traffic) MP Singh sent a letter to the headquarters in Lucknow, requesting to strengthen the force by about 700 personnel. Currently, the strength of the traffic police is over 130.
“There is an acute shortage of staff. We have just one traffic inspector, five sub-inspectors, 29 head constables and 98 constables to manage the city traffic. We are already taking help of private security guards to manage some intersections,” said Singh.
“We have asked for two traffic inspectors, 20 sub-inspectors, 159 head constables and 512 constables. It will help in making traffic systematic in the city,” said the official.
The police have requested the headquarters to approve their demand before the Formula 1 event starting from October 26-28. Last year, the Noida police were criticised for the poor traffic management as some VIPs and celebrities got stuck in traffic jam while returning from Buddha International Circuit, the venue of the event.
Police have also asked for extra barricades, cranes and conical barricade before the race.