The highway police have asked the state government for more equipment, better traffic posts and different uniforms in order to improve the quality of policing along the state and national highways.
The highway police are entrusted with the job of helping accident victims, regulating traffic at accident spots and removing vehicles that have broken down. They also are tasked with searching for vehicles involved in crime and accidents.
Additional Director of General (highway police) Vijay Kamble told HT they had asked the government to modernise traffic aid posts (TAP) throughout the state. “The proposal has been cleared by the state government. Our architect has even submitted the layout to the government,” Kamble said. “Now, the proposal is before the Maharashtra State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation Limited. They will decide the budget and work would begin soon.”
Currently, there are total 63 traffic aid posts (TAP) in operation across Maharashtra. These TAPs regulate, monitor and control traffic on the highways. Ten new TAPs are being sanctioned, and work on them would begin shortly. The 10 new TAPs will be set up at heavy-traffic junctions, which need special attention. Setting up posts at these junctions, police hope, will help them manage traffic better and bring down the number of accidents.
In addition to the TAPs, the highway police also want a standard uniform of their own, which will set them apart from the regular police force. At present, the team wears the uniform worn by the state police.
The police also want more and better speed guns along with breath-analysers, to enforce speed limits on the highway and to catch drunk drivers.
The highway police were formed in Maharashtra in 1993 to patrol the 33,165 kilometres of road comprising the 12 national highways and the 291 state highways.