May 23, 2009 12:17:54 am
Mumbai Traffic Police is getting better equipped to face monsoon. The traffic police administration has invited bids for a host of equipment to overcome traffic problems usually witnessed during monsoon and also lend a helping hand in rescue operations.
DCP Shahaji Solunkhe (Traffic HQ) said,This year,in view of problems that may crop up on the streets due to rains,we have coordinated with various agencies like the Railways,MMRDA,BMC,BEST and the Disaster Management Cell,besides the local police. We held a meeting wherein all agencies sat together to chalk out a plan to make things smoother. We have created a list of places in Mumbai prone to flooding.
As per the tender notice,the cops have sought equipment like vehicle-mounted strolling message boards,LED batons,a rope-gun and searchlights having a range of up to 1 kilometre. We have asked for 42 vehicle-mounted boards to be installed on vehicles to display traffic updates. This year we have also asked for 200 longer LED batons and 100 small ones. (LED baton is a hand-held; battery-operated warning light band comprising bright lights that can be used for warning motorists during heavy rain). We used to have a rope gun for rescuing people during floods but shall be asking for an additional rope-gun. From every traffic police station,two constables and one official shall be trained in the use of the rope gun so that they would know how to operate it as and when the need arises, said an official from the traffic police administration department.
Another recent addition to the traffic cops kitty shall be a tool kit comprising wire cutters,an electric chainsaw,a hammer and other equipment which can be used in areas where electric wires break down due to heavy rains and can cause a short circuit. During monsoons,wires snap and fall on wet streets often leading to electrocution. This year we have asked for 25 tool kits,which shall be provided to traffic vehicles patrolling the streets. Traffic cops near areas where flooding is expected will also be given life jackets, an official said.
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Apparently,around 500 reflective jackets have also been sought so that traffic constables on the streets can wear them while they patrol the streets. The lifespan of the jackets is low and they tend to get ruined within a year. Because of this,we have to get new jackets every monsoon, the official added.
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