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Traffic cops call for volunteers to manage traffic in Noida

Officials said they have appealed to residents in this regard through social networking sites. Also, residents’ welfare associations have been asked to encourage residents to be a part of the initiative.

noida Updated: Jun 14, 2017 10:55 IST
Sohil Sehran
Traffic snarl in Sector 62.
Traffic snarl in Sector 62.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

The traffic police have asked Noida residents to volunteer in helping them reduce vehicular congestion and curb traffic violations in their respective residential areas.

Officials said they have appealed to residents in this regard through social networking sites. Also, residents’ welfare associations have been asked to encourage residents to be a part of the initiative.

The announcement was made by the traffic police officers on Monday and more than 100 residents have already extended their support.

“In one day, we have received an overwhelming response from residents, who are ready to help us in streamlining traffic. In a week’s time, we will provide them training on road safety rules,” traffic inspector Layak Singh said.

He said that the volunteers will also be given reflector jackets for safety and identification. The volunteers will mostly have to perform their duty during peak hours when there is a high volume of traffic on city roads, Singh said.

Officials said the volunteers will man traffic at intersections, markets and roads. Noida city has 301 intersections and not all are equipped with traffic lights.

“We believe that this initiative will generate awareness among commuters to follow traffic rules. A civilian managing traffic movement may also grab the attention of other people who might want to volunteer,” said Singh.

Another reason behind inviting volunteers is a shortage of traffic personnel in Gautam Budh Nagar. According to senior police officials, there is a shortage of 130 traffic personnel in the district. The traffic police have two traffic inspectors, two traffic sub-inspectors, 38 head constables and 113 constables in the district.

Sources said that the traffic police are not able to be present at all major locations and volunteers can help in streamlining vehicular movement on the city roads.

After receiving applications from residents, the traffic police will analyse the number of volunteers in each area and their availability.

“I saw the details of this initiative on the official Twitter handle of Noida traffic police and expressed my interest. It is our responsibility to contribute and make the city free from traffic snarls. We all should contribute a little to the society,” Arun Kumar of Arun Vihar Sector 37 said.