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Believe it! Lucknow trails Deoria

WHICH OF the two districts?Lucknow and Deoria?has more red/blue beacon-fitted vehicles? Ask this to anyone and the prompt reply will be ?Lucknow?. But the fact is Lucknow, where the misuse of red and blue beacons is obviously pretty rampant, comes a poor third as far as the number of vehicles challaned for flouting norms during the just concluded drive is concerned. Even a small district like Deoria was far ahead of Lucknow in taking action against the unauthorised use of red-blue beacons.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 01:29 IST

WHICH OF the two districts—Lucknow and Deoria—has more red/blue beacon-fitted vehicles? Ask this to anyone and the prompt reply will be ‘Lucknow’.

But the fact is Lucknow, where the misuse of red and blue beacons is obviously pretty rampant, comes a poor third as far as the number of vehicles challaned for flouting norms during the just concluded drive is concerned.

Even a small district like Deoria was far ahead of Lucknow in taking action against the unauthorised use of red-blue beacons.

The traffic police had launched the fortnight- long drive on Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s directives on June 2 after five audacious youths gave a bonnet ride to CO Chowk, Rajesh Sahni, who had dared to stop their red beacon-fitted vehicle.

The figures compiled at the traffic directorate revealed that during the drive, which concluded on Thursday, Lucknow district stood third. Here, action was taken only against 105 vehicles. It was way behind Deoria which gave the second best performance during the drive with 229 challans.

The first position went to Ghaziabad district where the authorities challaned 556 vehicles for flouting rules.

Among the worst performing districts (most of which fall under the Bundelkhand region), were Bijnor, Farrukhabad, Kanpur Dehat, Banda, Mahoba and Hamirpur.

They ended up catching only 7, 3, 2, 9, 10 and 11 vehicles respectively.

However, Sravasti district fared the poorest with only two challans.

Among the police zones, the best performance was of the Meerut zone where 1163 vehicles were challaned for illegally using beacons.

This was followed by Kanpur and Lucknow zones with 911 and 582 challans, respectively. With 225 challans, Bareilly zone came out with the poorest performance followed by Allahabad (227) and Varanasi (399). Gorakhpur where 456 vehicles were challaned, stood somewhere between the best and the worst performing zones.

According to Director (Traffic) and IG (Law and Order), Brijlal, a total of 3,903 vehicles were challaned during the drive. Of them, 213 vehicles were challaned for illegally using red beacons, 386 for blue beacons and 3310 for illegally using hooters.