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Delhi Police wants us to help them manage traffic during the Games. City youth are divided over the idea.

entertainment Updated: Jun 29, 2010 01:39 IST

Come Commonwealth Games and you could see the ‘common man’ regulating traffic on Delhi roads. Delhi Police has invited “motivated city residents” to enrol themselves as volunteers for traffic regulation during the sporting extravaganza to be held between Oct 3 and 14.

“We expect huge traffic during the event. Delhiites can help us in making the roads safer and congestion free. We have roped in
cricketer Virender Sehwag to appeal to the people to join the programme,” a senior police official said.

Police Commissioner YS Dadwal himself had admitted that there could be pressure on the traffic situation during the Games and said the authorities would carry out a campaign next month.

Under the programme, Delhiites above 18 years of age, who have passed Class XII, can enroll as a volunteers for 20 days between September 25 and October 15. “What you need is only a mobile phone and an email ID. If the volunteer has a driving licence, it is better. Download the application from the Delhi Traffic Police website and you will soon receive your registration number,” the official said.

The official said a volunteer will have to work for at least three hours a day during those 20 days at a time of his choice. However, no remuneration will be paid as it is an “honorary volunteership”.

The scheme has had mixed reactions from the city youngsters. Said Chitra Kanungo, a first year student of Bhagat Singh College, “I would love to enroll for it. Volunteering for such a big event would make an impressive point in the resume.” Taru Pasricha of Sri Ram College too gave it a thumbs up. “It would be a new experience managing Delhi traffic. Who knows it might even help me get a free entry in the games.” However, Class XII student Suhit Gogoi has his apprehensions. “We’re already getting nightmares thinking about the traffic situation during the Games. Who would want to manage it in this sweltering heat?”


First Published: Jun 28, 2010 16:34 IST