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Women traffic guards

Traffic management in the state capital has got a ‘fair’ edge ahead of Tuesday’s IPL match.

The traffic department has roped in 60 women guards from Ranchi Security Pvt Ltd to manage vacant traffic posts across the city during the CSK-RR IPL tie when roads will be chock-a-block with sports lovers heading to and back from the JSCA stadium in Dhurwa.

These women, who joined duty on Monday after undergoing a daylong training at Police Lines on Sunday, have been tasked to regulate movement of vehicles from 11am to 8pm. The arrangement has been made as part of a stopgap measure to make up for the shortage of traffic personnel on city streets.

The department has 500 sanctioned traffic personnel posts, while the existing strength is 200. There are 60 traffic posts in the state capital.

“We are facing an acute shortage of traffic personnel to control the crowd that surges during any big event like IPL. The traffic flow is also very heavy. Hence, we decided to take help from security agencies to tide over the crisis. They have been apprised of all traffic rules and regulations,” traffic superintendent of police (SP) Rajeev Ranjan told The Telegraph.

Mahboob Ansari, an assistant sub-inspector at the Ratan Talkies post, said they sought help from the higher-ups, as they had a tough time manning vehicles during the last IPL match on May 3.

“We had requested the traffic SP to provide us extra hands. Now, with the female security guards helping us, we are confident that the chaos will be less tomorrow (Tuesday),” Ansari said.

A few female guards were seen at Albert Ekka Chowk. “We have to perform our duty till late in the evening. Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be the real challenge because of the IPL match,” said Roshni Tirkey, one of the guards.

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