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Cops, go north to manage traffic

- Plan to send officers to Haryana

Traffic policemen would soon visit Haryana for training in regulating vehicular movement back in Patna.

Rajeev Mishra, the traffic superintendent of police, told The Telegraph that the plan is to send officers for training on ways to manage vehicular traffic from Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), a wing under the Union ministry of home affairs.

The New Delhi-based wing aims to modernise the country’s police force in different fields. The training would be conducted at the Institute of Institute of Road Traffic Education in Faridabad, Haryana.

Mishra said: “A majority of the personnel in the traffic wing need proper training to properly manage the roads. Though they are trained with help of the district transport office regularly, an advanced training is required to tackle the city’s traffic. Police have contacted BPRD to provide the personnel required guidance. The training will be conducted in Faridabad in association with a non-government organisation. For now, it has been decided that batches of 20 constables will be sent each time. The plan will be finalised soon.”

Traffic in Patna is often so chaotic that a majority of the constables and homeguard jawans have little expertise to handle the situation.

Another police officer said: “At many intersections, constables are spotted just standing rather than making any real effort to manage the traffic. The officers at the traffic posts are also hapless about stopping vehicles on one end of a road and signalling another side to move. This leads to confusion, more snarls and mishaps. Manning traffic requires proper training. The urban development department plans to set up electronic and manual traffic signals in the city soon. It would be the responsibility of the police to use these signals properly. The training in Haryana will help with that too.”

The organisation where the training would be conducted is a wing of the Delhi- based Institute of Road Traffic Education.