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Call of duty doesn’t let them cop out in rain, deluge

Sucha Singh said that upto two years ago, the policemen did not even have raincoats or umbrellas due to which, many of them resisted working in the rain.

punjab Updated: Aug 08, 2018 15:55 IST
Amarpal Singh
Amarpal Singh
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Ludhiana traffic police,police,punjab police
Head constable Sucha Singh managing the traffic on the Ferozepur road in rain on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

On a normal day in the ongoing rainy season, at 9.30 am, when it is raining cats and dogs and office goers are in a hurry with traffic at its peak, one often forgets to notice the brave men on roads who bear it all to make the commute easier. Yet, as people continue to look through them, they continue to perform their duty.

A 45-year-old Sucha Singh, head constable with the Ludhiana traffic police, stands barefoot in the rain, wearing a raincoat and managing the eager and impatient traffic near PAU gate number 2 on the Ferozepur road.

Similarly, 59-year-old sub-inspector Hardev Singh deployed on Daba road crossing on the Ludhiana-Delhi road wades through the waterlogged road wearing a raincoat with rolled-up trousers to ease the way for people amid the showers.

The under construction elevated road on the Ferozepur road has led to traffic jams on a daily basis. “During rains, managing the traffic becomes twice as difficult as on any other day,” says Sucha Singh.

He adds that in order to bypass the jams during rain, commuters (especially two wheelers and rickshaw pullers) look for shortcuts and even move to the wrong side to save some time. Mostly traffic jams are caused as some riders jump red lights finding it difficult to wait for the next green signal in the rain, he says, adding, “Whether it rains or not, we have to do our duty and maintain smooth flow of traffic and also prevent accidents.”

Meanwhile, SI Hardev said, “Our job requires at least 12-hour working. I start my duty at 8 am and am deputed at different areas to control the traffic. Sometimes the circumstances are tough but we remain determined to serve the public.”

Situation improving

Sucha Singh said that upto two years ago, the policemen did not even have raincoats or umbrellas due to which, many of them resisted working in the rain. “I am thankful to the traffic department for providing all the cops with a raincoat and umbrella,” he said.

Gurdev Singh, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) (traffic) said the traffic cops are motivated and trained to work under difficult circumstances. “A few months back, we provided around 40 umbrellas to the traffic policemen, which were sponsored by a private hospital. We have also written to the headquarters for providing new water boots and raincoats to them,” he said. Gurdev said that the names of the cops performing their duty with excellence will also be recommended for awards so that they keep working with dedication and others get motivated by them.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 15:55 IST