No gumboots, traffic cops in Chandigarh stand barefoot on duty
“There were many who stood barefoot, so we will ensure that they are provided with gum boots while on duty,” said SSP (traffic) Shashank Anand.Updated: Aug 03, 2017, 13:19 IST
It was a sight to behold. In the absence of waterproof footwear, traffic police stood barefoot on duty at all major intersections in the city on Wednesday. With traffic bottlenecks at Tribune Chowk, CHB light point to Transport Chowk, Sectors 34-35 and Sector 17 roundabouts, 348 police personnel stood managing cars even as traffic lights remained non-operational at many places.
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Many were spotted with raincoats on, but some without. As the city received intermittent rain throughout the day, traffic police did their best to reduce the inconvenience of commuters in the city. “All traffic police personnel have raincoats, but those carrying wireless sets use umbrellas. There were many who stood barefoot, so we will ensure that they are provided with gum boots while on duty,” said senior superintendent of police (SSP, traffic) Shashank Anand.
Two operators to man helpline 1073
Considering the increase in the number of calls on the traffic helpline 1073, the department has decided to increase the number of operators on duty during the rainy season. At present, there is only one operator to manage four telephone sets. “I have ordered that two operators will manage the traffic helpline during the day,” said Anand.