Saturday, June 12, 2010

Delhi Traffic police to train 1000 volunteers for Games

Even as a date is yet to be fixed for commencement of trial runs for the dedicated Games lanes civic agencies are yet to complete marking the special lane on roads the traffic police have started enrolling volunteers to help with traffic management during the sporting extravaganza. The plan is to rope in about 1,000 volunteers, train them and post them on major roads during the Games. With the Intelligent Traffic Signals (ITS) scheme not taking off, the traffic police have also sent a request for additional manpower from the total pool of Delhi Police.

The cops are also pushing for legislation for the Commonwealth Games. ‘‘We have sought harsh penalties for those entering the Games lanes. Such vehicles would have to pay hefty fines and could also face seizure of vehicles if the legislation is approved by the government. If not, we can book the drivers under section 144 of Indian Penal Code under which they would have to face arrest,’’ said Ajay Chadha, special commissioner of police (traffic).

In the next three months, the emphasis is going to be more on regulation than prosecution. The focus of the traffic police will be on offences like lane driving both Games lane and general lane discipline, enforcement of Right of Way (RoW) on major roads, roundabouts and intersections without signals and safety of pedestrians.

On Friday, the traffic police also launched the volunteer programme on their website where interested Delhiites can fill up an online form to enroll for the programme. ‘‘The scheme is voluntary. There is no payment or meal allowance. The volunteers will be trained and expected to help with traffic management for about three hours daily at an area near their residence. They won’t have powers to prosecute but their complaints will be followed up by our staff. At the end of the programme, volunteers will be given an experience certificate,’’ Chadha added. The Delhi Traffic Police link on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter are also being activated to get people participation in traffic management before the Games.