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Traffic drives not meant to punish ?real culprits?

Departmental drives are for public convenience. But the Traffic Police Department appears to be clinging to its own priorities. Instead of making genuine efforts to smoothen the ever increasing haphazard flow of traffic by taking cue from their counterparts in bigger cities like Delhi and Bangalore, they prefer hanging on to the battered ways of checking driving licences, helmets and challaning triple riders on mobikes.
None | By BK Singh, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2006 12:11 AM IST

Departmental drives are for public convenience. But the Traffic Police Department appears to be clinging to its own priorities.

Instead of making genuine efforts to smoothen the ever increasing haphazard flow of traffic by taking cue from their counterparts in bigger cities like Delhi and Bangalore, they prefer hanging on to the battered ways of checking driving licences, helmets and challaning triple riders on mobikes.

In the process they may be earning a few thousand rupees for the government coffers, but in general, such drives have only earned criticism than accolades.

Such drives are just a tool to harass people in general, says Amit Sharma who had to go home and fetch the original driving licence (DL) papers from home after the cop insisted on seeing the same instead of getting convinced by the photocopy of the document.

Instead of focussing on the Vikram Taxi drivers and giving them lessons of safe driving the traffic cops, it appears, enjoy targetting the general public.

Wreckless three-wheeler drivers have, of late, become big nuisance on busy roads. Even near schools they go scot-free after coming close to banging against a scooterist or a rickshaw-puller. No body is there to check their ways.

Mayo Hall crossing near the Boys High School has become a permanent 'adda' for these recalcitrant Vikram Taxi drivers most of whom have procured DL through dubious ways.

Many of them are under age. But then who bothers. All that these drivers have to do is to grease the palm of a handful of traffic cops who remain busy collecting the monthly tax.

Driving for Shalini, a housewife, was enjoyable in the nineties in Civil Lines or for that matter anywhere in City North area but these days she prefers to go with the driver.

You never know when a youngster takes a U-turn and whizzes past your car from the left even though it is absolutely against the rules of the road, she says.

Scores of private vehicles operating as commercial are found parked near the PD Tandon Park in Civil Lines.

These vehicles are plying on Varanasi, Lucknow, Pratapgarh, Jaunpur and other routes making quite a dent in the government coffers but the Traffic Police Department turns a blind eye to such unauthorised plying. Reason: Most of these vehicles are either owned by the men of their department or have the backing of some politician.

Once in a while, following newspaper reports, the department comes into action but then all such actions are mere eye wash. Things are again back to square one only after a fortnight or so.

The CO (Traffic ), Arvind Mishra, could not be contracted for his comments despite several attempts.

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