| Women control traffic in Patna City on Monday. Picture by Sachin |
Don’t be surprised if you spot a girl or a woman next-door regulating traffic in Patna City.
A group of 30 girls and women belonging to the poor strata of society has volunteered to assist traffic personnel in regulating traffic on the 7km stretch between Malsalami in the east and Mahendru in the west on Ashok Rajpath, a virtual nightmare for commuters. The plight of the people can be gauged from the fact that it takes more than an hour to cover the stretch.
With an aim to ease traffic on roads under the jurisdiction of Malsalami, Chowk, Khajekalan, Alamganj and Sultanganj police stations, members of Garib Dusta took this novel initiative a few days ago. The members of the Dusta were imparted a weeklong training.
Two members of Garib Dusta — president Ramji Yogesh and secretary Anju — met Patna City sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Rajesh Kumar and proposed to assist the traffic cops in discharging their duty. The SDPO advised them to start the process before Id, when there is heavy flow of traffic.
On Sunday, the members of Garib Dusta volunteered their service. Two members of the Dusta were deployed at each point witnessing traffic bottlenecks during peak business hours. “It was a successful trial. We are confident that the members would deliver the desired results,” Yogesh, a social activist, said.
Each member of the group has been provided blue uniform and a wooden stick. They would work in two shifts. Each member would contribute two-three hours a day.
“We don’t want to disturb their routine. After all, it’s a service to the society,” Garib Dusta secretary Anju said.
The residents got elated over the new arrangements made by the district administration to ease the traffic in Patna City. “It is a good initiative. The roads remained free from traffic bottlenecks on Monday despite it being a working day,” said Ratan Prasad Kushwaha, who runs a medicine shop at Alamganj.
The president of Garib Dusta, Yogesh, said the group had been assigned the task for three months. By the time, another group would be ready to accomplish the task. “We have decided to impart training to another group of volunteers shortly, who would be pressed into service later,” he told The Telegraph.
SDPO Rajesh Kumar applauded the initiative of Dusta. “You can’t achieve success without the co-operation of the people. Such initiatives must be appreciated,” he added.