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Younger traffic police force for Delhi roads

Seventy young sub-inspectors to be deployed for maintaining traffic.

delhi Updated: Dec 02, 2010 01:41 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times

They are young, fast and alert and have successfully kept Delhiites in their respective lanes.

The Delhi Traffic Police is set for a makeover with women playing a major role in it as well. The force is banking on their young upcoming officers to revamp the way traffic moves in the Capital.

As many as 70 young sub-inspectors would soon be on the city streets to enforce lane system on roads. Not only this, 300 women police officers, fresh from training schools, will also be out on the streets.

An order was passed by Delhi police commissioner BK Gupta, stating that sub-inspectors who were recruited in and after 2005 would handle the lane system in the city.

According to the police, such a decision was taken as young officers were more agile, active and could ensure Delhiites drove in their lanes with much more ease.

More young police officers would be inducted to maintain lane system at a later stage.

Also, a group of seven policewomen has been given the charge of controlling traffic at one of the most important traffic intersections - Vijay Chowk - near Parliament.

"It is the only traffic point in the city that is controlled solely by policewomen. We have received many compliments from several VIPs attending Parliament session about their good conduct," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

"As lot of Members of Parliament (MPs) and important dignitaries use that area, it becomes imperative to maintain a smooth flow of traffic," said a senior police officer.

"The traffic policewomen who were deployed more than six months ago have done their job quite well," the police officer added.

These young women police personnel have also become a tourist attraction of sorts.

"They have told us that many tourists who come in the area stop by to see them maintain traffic. Some even request them to get a photograph taken with them," said the joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Records also suggest that there has been a definite increase in not only booking women drivers but also overall challaning in the city since the policewomen were deployed.

Till now most of them managed to get away as male traffic police personnel found it difficult to deal with them.

First Published: Dec 02, 2010 01:39 IST