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To ease traffic snarls, police launch helpline

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, March 04, 2014
First Published: 23:39 IST(4/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:40 IST(4/3/2014)

With a view to easing endless snarls on city roads, the Amritsar police on Tuesday launched a traffic helpline to invite feedbacks from the public on traffic-related issues.

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As the traffic scenario in Amritsar continues to be worse, the city police have now floated a 24-hour helpline number ‘1073’ to offer some respite to the commuters and residents.

Addressing mediapersons, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Bikram Pal Bhatti said, “Despite so many issues, the city police are very serious on solving the traffic problems faced by people. A 24-hour traffic helpline, which is part of the initiative, has been launched.”

People can now get information on traffic diversions during VIP visits, know about traffic jams on specific points, get registered their complaints and traffic-related issues faced by them in various pockets of the city, said the DCP.

The DCP said the residents can also give their feedback on the helpline number. He said the commuters will be checked and challaned for drunken driving.

“We have received four alcometers and more will be added when required. Besides, speed radars will also be made operational to keep a check on high-speed driving.

Clueless on blatant use of red beacons
About the traffic chaos in the walled city, Bhandari Bridge and other key areas, the police do not have answers. Besides, there is a blatant use of red beacons. People who are not authorised are seen using these read beacons atop their vehicles.

“We have challaned people for using red beacon illegally. We can provide data on this,” the DCP added.

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