It was just about a month back when a traffic policeman guarding the Salimgarh bypass in old Delhi was mowed down by a truck as he tried to stop him for regular checking. Quoting such incidences and for the own personal safety, Delhi Traffic Cops above the rank of sub-inspector will now carry a 9mm pistols said Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik while addressing a meeting attended by over 3,500 cops in New Delhi. The Traffic Commissioner asked the Delhi Traffic Department to implement this rule in next ten days and also announced other changes like use of technology to monitor real-time traffic situation on mobile phones and then diverting traffic accordingly.
About two-years back a similar proposal to equip Delhi traffic cops with guns was made especially those posted on night duty. However, the plan was never implemented.
"Traffic policemen are present on the road through the day, which makes their job strenuous. The objective of our interaction was to motivate them to take up measures so that their job becomes easier. We have asked them to evolve with new strategies every day," said Patnaik.
Patnaik’s new orders will see policemen above the ASI rank posted at barricades controlling traffic carrying a sidearm for the first time in the capital. Cops specially those guarding the capitals borders often put their life at risks and become a victim of victims of criminals trying to evade to security check post. Other new equipments ordered by Delhi Traffic police includes heavy cranes to remove trucks and buses that break down frequently on the road in middle of traffic causing huge traffic jams and slow traffic movement.
The police commissioner also asked the area traffic inspectors and ACPs to form strategies and figure out trouble spots for congestions and bottlenecks asking them to come up with solutions to decongest them. Going forward we will see Policemen surveying their respective areas under them and having full knowledge of the daily traffic situation. Senior traffic police officers have also been asked to be on ground during peak hours to ensure that the flow of traffic is not disrupted.