Police station officers to join traffic team

Senior officers of 13 police stations in south Calcutta, which are close to the Majerhat bridge, will help their counterparts in the traffic department decide on curbs to keep vehicular flow as smooth as possible.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 13.09.18
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Majerhat: Senior officers of 13 police stations in south Calcutta, which are close to the Majerhat bridge, will help their counterparts in the traffic department decide on curbs to keep vehicular flow as smooth as possible.

Officers-in-charge and additional officers-in-charge of the police stations have been asked to be part of the traffic management team during the rush hours.

The 13 police stations are - Chetla, Tollygunge, New Alipore, Behala, Thakurpukur, Haridevpur, Charu Market, Watgunge, Ekbalpore, Taratala, Regent Park, South Port and West Port.

Officers at police stations focus on investigation of criminal cases and maintenance of law and order, while traffic is controlled by the traffic guards.

"We are following the Puja model. The idea is to have better coordination among the traffic guards and the police stations concerned. The effect will be felt on the road," an officer at Lalbazar said.

Metro has been reporting the plight of the people who are commuting through the area daily to educational institutions and offices and back home. Many students have said they have to spend over an hour extra on the roads on their way to school in the morning or while returning home in the afternoon.

Senior officers of police stations were spotted controlling traffic between 9am and 11am and again from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday. The volume of traffic reaches its peak during the two periods.

"It is good to have senior officers of police stations around, especially because of their knowledge of the area and their expertise in maintaining law and order. Motorists are often losing their cool because of snarls in the aftermath of the Majerhat bridge collapse.... We are banking on the communication skills and ability to take on-the-spot decisions of these officers," a senior officer in the traffic department said.