In an innovative move, the police have planned to rope in traffic wardens to meet shortage of traffic cops required to streamline vehicular flow on city roads. The police have also planned to give them training in traffic management. Remuneration will also be offered to encourage poor and employed youths to take up the new task.
“Initially, around 300 people would be enrolled as traffic wardens to help traffic cops in managing vehicular flow at busy crossings and roads. The decision to rope in volunteers as traffic wardens was taken after realising that there was a shortage of traffic cops in the city,” said SSP Yashasvi Yadav.
He said poor and unemployed youths would be preferred for the job and a remuneration of around Rs. 2000 would also be paid to them but they would have to work at least four hours a day for traffic management.
He said the youths would be given two days’ trainings at city traffic lines and would be made aware about traffic rules, signs and tricks to manage vehicular movement.
He said the wardens would also be given proper dress.
He said the traffic wardens would be selected after proper character verification, so that no one with a criminal background may get inducted.
The volunteers would be interviewed by traffic police officers before giving them clearance.
He said the applications from volunteers would be soon invited through advertisements in newspapers.
It is to be noted that the city police is also setting up a modern traffic control-room to streamline traffic and check traffic violators.
The modern control-room would recognise violators through high-resolution automatic number plate recognition (APNR) cameras. The process of fining traffic violators would be made more transparent and systematic.