HT Impact: Gurgaon residents arrange for raincoats and gumboots for traffic cops
A photo of a traffic police personnel manning traffic barefoot in rain at Jharsa, was shared on social media by a Hindustan Times reporter. This has led to the residents’ initiative.gurgaon Updated: Jul 05, 2017 18:51 IST
If traffic in Gurgaon can be a nightmare on regular days, imagine one’s plight during monsoon, when the rains leave the city waterlogged and its roads jammed with vehicles. Now, imagine how hard it must be for the cops regulating traffic in the Satellite city. As a token of encouragement and appreciation for their tireless efforts, especially during this rainy season, residents of Tulip White society in Sector 69, Gurgaon, have volunteered to arrange for monsoon essentials — raincoats and gum boots — for the team at Badshahpur police station.
What triggered the noble initiative? A photo of a traffic police personnel manning traffic barefoot in rain at Jharsa, which was shared on social media by a Hindustan Times reporter.
“We owe it to our men! Seeing the picture on Twitter, we pitched the idea to the society forums and Whatsapp groups, and received a positive response. The drive is a means to acknowledge the efforts of the Gurgaon traffic police,” says Amit Saxena from the society’s Residents Welfare Association.
“For a healthy and a happy community, it is important that we recognise and appreciate the efforts of those who care for us.Through this, we hope to teach our children and the future generation to respect the police and those serving the community in general — the firemen, municipal workers etc. We wanted to fulfil their basic needs with gumboots and rain coats, as monsoon is approaching. Last year, too, during the infamous ‘Gurujam’ (Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway jam that lasted for hours), the traffic police worked away from their families to ensure smooth traffic flow,” adds Saxena.
Rahul Agarawal, another resident from the society, echoes the sentiment. “I was crossing Vatika Chowk one day when I saw a traffic policeman managing the traffic without shoes. He was running around the crossing. We spoke to the team at Badshahpur police station, and they were very happy to hear about our plan,” he says.
The donation drive at the police station will see residents bring their children along to sensitise them towards how hard the police works. “The children will gift the raincoats and gum boots to the cops as a gesture of appreciation. We’ve spoken to the SHO of Sector 69, Gurgaon, and are in the process of finalising the sizes and placing the orders. One supplier has agreed to supply the items on no-profit basis because of our intent. If every citizen group does their bit towards our city’s finest men, Gurgaon would become the happiest city to live in. Initiatives such as these go a long way, and we hope other societies join in,” adds Amit Saxena.
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First Published: Jul 05, 2017 18:51 IST