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Decongesting Delhi’s clogged roads: Police outline plan before Delhi High Court

Police said it had identified 14 “extremely affected and congested corridors.

delhi congestion, delhi traffic, delhi traffic congestion, congestion junction, delhi trafic congestion, delhi traffic police, delhi police, delhi news A view of the Rajghat thermal power plant on a smoggy day. The Delhi government Friday decided to shut down the plant as part of its measures to control the city’s pollution levels. (Oinam Anand)

Rewarding citizens who report traffic violations, identifying congestion junctions and installing traffic flow monitors are some of the many steps police is planning to take to manage the capital’s burgeoning traffic.

In an affidavit before the Delhi High Court, which is hearing a PIL on air pollution, the traffic police recently outlined their proposed action plan.
The bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva had observed that vehicular pollution was one of the main reasons behind Delhi’s poor air quality and asked police for a detailed plan to manage traffic congestion.

Police said it had identified 14 “extremely affected and congested corridors”. These include IIT Flyover to Panchsheel (Hauz Khas Metro Station), Gurgaon Road-Dhaula Kuan/R R Hospital, Ashram Chowk, Khanpur T-Point, ISBT Kashmere Gate, Mukarba Chowk, Uttam Nagar Chowk, Peera Garhi Chowk, Kamal T-Point, G T Road Shastri Park, Saket Metro Station, Akshardham, Mayur Vihar Metro Station and Rao Tula Ram Marg.

Police also told the court that they are trying to identify two congestion junctions or corridor points in each of the 53 traffic circles. This prompted the bench to ask if police had any mechanism to “monitor and show results”.

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In their affidavit, police said though they avoided issuing challans to vehicles during peak traffic hours, they had directed officers on duty to take photographs or record videos of vehicles that break traffic rules to prosecute them later.

With their Traffic Sentinel Scheme, police are also trying to encourage citizens to report traffic violations. The scheme allows residents, who report traffic violations through a mobile application, to earn points which can be redeemed later for various prizes.

While cases of ‘driving against the flow of traffic’ are given five points, reporting offences such as jumping red lights and dangerous driving earn three points each, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander.

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In his submissions before the court, Deputy Commissioner of Police, HQ, Romil Baaniya said traffic flow monitors may also be installed at various points.
The affidavit also said police were looking into procuring 200 body cameras for traffic police personnel on duty “to ensure proper conduct and behavior of policemen as well as public”. In a separate PIL on road rage in the city, the high court had earlier suggested that police could look into mechanisms to “monitor” behaviour of personnel.

More Measures

1. 91 cranes deployed at different traffic circles to check illegal parking and clear vehicles that break down
2. 241 motorcycles modified with flash lights and hooters for patrolling congested corridors
3. Details of 36,229 violators sent to transport department for cancellation of driving licences
4. 30,99,691 persons prosecuted for violations such as reckless driving, over-speeding, drunken driving, red-light jumping

First published on: 07-12-2015 at 02:05 IST
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