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23 ‘friends’ to control busy traffic

Residents can expect better traffic movement soon after Patna city sub-divisional officer (SDO) Tyagrajan S.M. finalised the names of 23 people, who would be part of the team, on Monday.

The Friends of Traffic personnel would be provided identity cards and specially designed caps by the district administration free of cost. The personnel would be imparted training to regulate traffic on the city roads.

Vinod Awasthi is among the 23 whose name figured in the final list of released by the administration on Tuesday. A visibly delighted Awasthi said: “It would provide me an opportunity to contribute to the society.” Another personnel Abhay Goswami, who has been selected, said: “This is an innovative idea to select local residents as Friends of Traffic. We are aware of the problems faced by the people of the area. It would help traffic constables tackle the problems in a better way.”

The points of traffic bottlenecks have already been identified and the list of such places furnished to the SDO. “We have already planned to organise a brief training session for the Friends of Traffic,” the SDO said, adding that the date of the launch of the new system would be announced shortly.

He added that the scheme would be launched possibly within a week. “Our first and foremost task is to train them in civil defence and deploy them on roads. An instructor of civil defence has already been assigned for the job,” he said.

The Friends of Traffic would be deployed on the roads right from Mahendru to Deedarganj.

The spots where Friends of Traffic would be deployed are Mahendru, Gaighat, Agamkuan Sitla Mandir, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Gulzarbagh, Malsalami, Maroofganj, Sikarpur Nalapad and Paschim Darwaza.