Thane resident will soon manage the traffic becoming the volunteer to help the traffic police as the traffic department facing the problem of staff crunch. This decision to rope in residents have been appreciated by the traffic police officials.
Traffic department welcomes the decisions. talking to Indian Express, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amit Kale said, “We will involve them as per our requirements.” Another officer from the Thane traffic police said, “It will help us tremendously. With the volunteers joining in, traffic constables can be evenly distributed across the city.”
Traffic department called the meeting with Thane Citizens Forum. Thane Citizens Forum is the city based the organisation that has been protesting against the regular traffic congestions and poor conditions in the city.
“A compiled list of volunteers will be handed over to the traffic department. We have already been working as zebra-crossing monitors in some places,” said Kasber Augustine, the forum’s convener.
According to Express Father Rudolph Andredas, a parish priest and manager of Our Lady of Mercy Church, is one of the volunteers to have signed up. “Instead of just complaining, I believe we should act. I will stand on the road to man traffic if it helps to reduce accidents and snarls,” he said.
“As road safety volunteers, residents will help the traffic police at some vantage points. They will man some congested spots. They will also ensure that cars or bikes parked along the roads or no-parking zones are removed,” Augustine said.
The ID cards will be provided by Traffic police to the volunteers, a forum member said.