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The Facebook page of Patna’s traffic SP (Sptraffic Patna) is flooded with messages that have nothing to do with the chaotic traffic scene.

Kargil Chowk-bound autorickshaws continue to flout rules that say they should take a diversion from Children’s Park towards the auto stand opposite the Patna police headquarters. They continue to move and park along the Chowk, inconveniencing commuters. The Patna district transport office is yet to take action against wrongly parked vehicles though the traffic police sent them pictures of the same.

These were initiatives undertaken by Rajeev Mishra when he had joined as Patna traffic superintendent of police (SP) on January 22. His ideas started gathering dust after he was transferred in April. But now that the state government has brought him back, things could get back on track again.

“I shall rejoin tomorrow (Saturday) and review some initiatives,” he said.

When Mishra, a 2010 batch IPS officer, was made the Patna traffic SP in January, it was the first time in many months that the city got an independent traffic SP.

“The traffic scene in Patna is chaotic, but Mishra, rose to the occasion. He came up with a Facebook page that was a hit. The page was soon flooded with suggestions and tip-offs. One idea was to click pictures of vehicles parked in no-parking zones and send them to DTO for cancellation of licence. He also came down heavily on errant autorickshaws. He had also given instructions to click pictures of constables accepting bribes and had suspended a few,” a senior officer said.