“Living in an area facing traffic jams almost everyday, I decided to deal with the problem instead of cribbing about it,” said Anita Lobo, who has been serving voluntarily as a traffic warden in Bandra (West) for the past decade.
Lobo is a perfect example of how sheer grit and determination of a common man too can bring about a change in the society. Lobo, who lives near Holy Family Hospital, divides her time between her family business and her duties as a traffic warden.
Though difficult, Lobo took up the responsibility after observing how motorists had little regard for pedestrians. “Youngsters need serious lessons in road discipline.”
Traffic problems are mainly because of indiscipline among citizens, said Lobo.
“We are the ones who cut lanes, who don’t carry licences, or enter a ‘No-entry lane’. Even if we were to believe that police demand a bribe, it is the citizens who pay and hence are at fault. Only when every citizen works towards changing the system, will there be a change,” she said.
Lobo believes the experience has made her a stronger person. “Managing traffic for years has made me tough. I will continue to work as long as I am able to do it.”