The Home Department had given its approval for setting up special traffic police stations for “smart management” of vehicular movement across the state. The first 14 would come up in Ahmedabad, but soon all districts would be covered.
Currently, there are such police stations in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Mumbai. In February, The Indian Express had reported that the Traffic department of the Gujarat Police had requested for the same. Days after the state government had sanctioned direct recruitment of 6,000 policemen in the traffic wing.
Additional CP (Traffic) Harekrishna Patel said, “The state government has sanctioned the opening of 14 traffic police stations. We had requested them to give one traffic police station to every two regular police stations, understanding the growing importance of smart traffic management and a watch to control reckless drivers, accidents and traffic snarls.”
These 14 new traffic police stations would come up in 14 divisions of Ahmedabad police, supervised by one assistance police commissioner. Patel and his existing team of two DCPs and one ACP would supervise the functioning of these stations.
These police stations would take up the investigation into accidents, hit-and-run cases and other issues related to traffic.
Also, the state government has allowed the first phase of recruiting policemen directly to the Traffic department. In the first phase, 1,012 applicants would be recruited.
These traffic policemen would continue to work for the Traffic department throughout their service period.
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