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Ranchi finds traffic tutor

Ranchi is an incorrigible case of traffic mismanagement.

So, a two-member team of Ranchi zonal IG M.S. Bhatia and traffic SP Rajeev Ranjan flew to Bangalore on Tuesday on a three-day tour to bag some “out-of-the-box ideas”.

“We will study the traffic system here and state-of-the-art technologies used to control vehicles. We hope to implement some methods in Ranchi,” Ranjan said over phone from the southern city, but seemed unwilling to share his experiences so far.

Sources in the department revealed that the team would learn real-time monitoring of traffic through a network of CCTV cameras, besides witnessing advanced training given to constables and studying the prepaid taxi system.

Bangalore seems a favourite destination for traffic bosses of Ranchi. While Ranjan himself has been there a few times in the past, his predecessor Ranjeet Prasad had undertaken a tour in 2012. It is, however, not clear whether he had submitted a report.

Vikas Kumar Singh, president of FJCCI, expressed scepticism over these study tours. “That a visit to another city will improve traffic in Ranchi is wishful thinking. Here you lack basic infrastructure and expertise, not to speak of technology,” he said.

Ratu resident Deepak Prasad agreed. “Traffic at Kantatoli Chowk, Booty More and various other parts of the city is maddening. In most places, traffic lights remain out of order while police remain busy extorting money from commercial vehicles,” he said.

Last year, IIM-Ranchi had carried out a study on the traffic condition in Ranchi. In its report, the B-school identified Ratu Road, Kantatoli, Jail More, Main Road and Booty More among the trouble spots. It had suggested measures to improve traffic, which understandably were never followed.