VVIP move is common man?s woe!
IT?S 10 am. Mayank Sharma leaves for office. As he drives through a busy road, suddenly a nervous cop jumps in the middle of the road and diverts the traffic to give way to a VVIP movement.india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 00:17 IST
IT’S 10 am. Mayank Sharma leaves for office. As he drives through a busy road, suddenly a nervous cop jumps in the middle of the road and diverts the traffic to give way to a VVIP movement.
Mayank is lost. It takes more than 40 minutes for him to come back on the route to his office.
This chaotic situation is quite common on the city roads, despite the fact that as per rule, no traffic should be held up for more than 3 minutes. And even Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav instructing the traffic department “not to block traffic for more than five minutes.”
But the situation is getting from bad to worse on the city roads. “Once I was held up for more than 20 minutes on the jail road waiting for a VIP to cross,” said Samar Singh. Narang is fed up with the traffic blockades, “We don’t have a proper traffic regulatory system, and on top of this the VVIP movement,” he rued. He recalled a gory moment when he was caught in a similar situation while taking his stroke suffered father to a hospital.
“The police did not allow me to cross, as if I am a terrorist,” he said. Manik Lal, a two-wheeler rider says that he leaves his house half-an-hour early to escape the traffic blues.
“More often the policemen throw the traffic in utter chaos as if they themselves are confused,” said Manik Lal.
But SP (Traffic) Omkar Singh says no traffic is held for more than 3-minute. “Instead there has been a clear-cut instruction from the State Government not to hold traffic beyond three minutes,” he added.
As regards inappropriate management of traffic during VVIP movement, the SP denied any chaos. He says the traffic cops are regularly given orientation courses.
“The traffic has to be held up on the basis of threat perception,” said the SP and added that all the VVIPs for in the category.
“A stationary object was more prone to threat than a moving object, therefore the movement of convoys have to be unhindered,” he said.
First Published: Feb 04, 2006 00:17 IST