PATNA: Five new will be established in five sub-divisions of soon.
SP (traffic) P N Mishra said the proposal to establish five new traffic police stations had been approved by chief secretary Deepak Kumar in view of the burgeoning traffic in the city. It was Mishra who had sent a proposal in this regard to the state government.
According to Mishra, the new traffic police stations will come up at , , Masaurhi, Patna City and Barh once the state government issues a notification in this regard.
“The police stations are being established in each sub-division for regulation of traffic even outside the city area. As of now, traffic police stations are there only at , Saguna Mor and bypass in the city. These police stations find it difficult to regulate traffic on the outskirts of the city,” Mishra said, adding proper parking space is also required for the state capital.
“Two more full-time DSP rank traffic officers should be appointed. Currently, there are only three DSP rank officers with traffic police in the state capital,” Mishra said.
The SP said altogether 514 posts are lying vacant in the Patna traffic police. “We require at least 40 to 50 more assistant sub-inspectors. Altogether 228 untrained women constables have been deployed in the city to assist the traffic police personnel and gain first-hand field knowledge about regulating traffic. It is unfortunate that even after almost two decades of division of , we have failed to come up with a traffic training school,” the SP said.
He added there would be 30% increase in traffic movement in the state capital in view of the upcoming festivals. “Six cranes have been taken on rent to tow away illegally parked four-wheelers, motorcycles and trucks in the city. These cranes are operating on daily basis and the rent is paid fortnightly,” he said.
According to the norms of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), at least 2,400 traffic police personnel are required to regulate traffic in Patna district. However, the current strength of traffic police personnel in the city is less than 1,000.
Sources said the Patna district transport office has registered 14,05,261 vehicles till January this year. According to BPRD norms, one constable is required for every 850 vehicles for proper traffic regulation in any state capital.
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