The city will get a full-fledged traffic chief after about eight months.
Rajeev Mishra, at present heading the force in Lakhisarai district, has been appointed the next superintendent of police (traffic) for Patna.
City SP Jayant Kant had been holding additional charge of traffic ever since Chandrika Prasad was transferred on May 27, 2013.
Mishra’s appointment as the next traffic boss of Patna was part of a shuffle of 11 police officers carried out by the government today.
The condition of traffic in the state capital is abysmal. Patna High Court has rapped the city police a number of times on the sorry state of affairs on the city’s roads.
On January 10, the high court had sharply reacted to the fact that there was no permanent traffic SP in Patna.
Mishra, a 2010 batch IPS officer, said managing Patna’s traffic would be a challenge for him.
“I am from Uttar Pradesh and have never really visited Patna. I am unable to say just yet when I will join as I am yet to receive my transfer orders. But as an officer who has been given a responsibility, I will definitely think of some measures and plans,” he said.
Police sources said the new incumbent would have to be given time and support if he has to achieve something. “(Chandrika) Prasad was in charge of Patna traffic for more than a year. But little changed. Many of his proposals didn’t materialise and got canned,” a police officer told The Telegraph under cover of anonymity.
He added: “One such proposal was the broadening of the road near the Income Tax roundabout. The government never acted on it. Prasad had also proposed the appointment of experts from Bhubaneswar who could study the traffic structure of the city and come up with a plan centred around the revival of defunct traffic lights. The lights remain defunct. The government has simply chosen to ignore the worsening traffic scene of Patna.”