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keeping with the times: Chandigarh Traffic Police reaches out through Facebook

With 11,289 likes on its Facebook page and,2,446 mobile service subscribers,the Chandigarh Traffic Police is taking advantage of technology to reach out to the common man.

With 11,289 likes on its Facebook page and,2,446 mobile service subscribers,the Chandigarh Traffic Police is taking advantage of technology to reach out to the common man.

The Facebook page,‘Traffic Police Chandigarh’,created last year in June,was created with an aim to educate netizens about traffic rules through social media.

Says Inspector Keval Krishan,who supervises the technical department,“We created this page last year,to make it a medium to get feedback from the general public. Through it,we get to know what people think about us,our subordinates and how can we improve our administration.”

Every now and then,the page uploads pictures of various workshops that are being conducted,if any belonging has been lost,or if there is a heavy traffic on some roads.

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Says Assistant Sub Inspector Sharanjeet Singh,who is in charge of the Facebook page,“The page was created with the basic idea of linking the people and the traffic police. We keep updating and informing the people about the latest workshops conducted by the traffic police,and also where all there is heavy traffic,or if there was an accident.”

On July 18 two Traffic Police personnel,head constable Suresh Kumar and constable Mangat Ram,were lauded for getting hold of a lost purse about which a complaint had been registered in a nearby police station. Both of them were rewarded once the purse was returned to the owner,setting an example for many. This was put up by the page operators as a post on the Traffic Police Chandigarh Facebook page.

With around 45 shares,people showered the post with comments and ‘likes’. “The times have gotten tough.There’s too much crime in our City Beautiful now. But Chandigarh Police,including Traffic,have always been courteous (there might be some unpleasant ones),quick to respond to distress calls and have been at the top of their job. Cheers! Thank you for keeping us safe 24 hours everyday,” commented Sidharth,a resident of Chandigarh on the post.

“It’s like a collective work,the public helps us by clicking pictures of these traffic rule bre akers,and we issue a challan on their name.” said Inspector Sharanjeet.

“They click pictures of some car with curtains,of with dark glasses or if cars and scooters overshoot the zebra crossings during red light,” he added.

“Its a great thing that CTP has created this Facebook page. Earlier we used to just crib and scorn at the poor traffic administration,now we can bring a change through putting up pictures of MP vans who park vehicles at wrong places and continue to have curtains,which is breaking basic traffic rules,” says Shivani Sethi,a city college student.