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City police plan traffic awareness drive

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. APRIL 9., The city police would initiate an awareness drive on traffic rules and would reach printed material on the topic to the public through residents' associations, the City Police Commissioner, Balramkumar Upadhyay, said today.

Participating in a police-public interaction organised in the Medical College area, he said

traffic constables had been trained to deal with situations relating to violation of traffic rules.

"The second step is the awareness drive. After a couple of months we will start enforcing the rules. Then nobody can say they were not aware of such rules. We plan to make the awareness programme a permanent affair," he said.

The two-hour interaction started off with a short video presentation on traffic rules and common violations and on the steps that people should take to guard against robbery and break-ins.

Biju, a representative of the Rose Garden Residents Association near Ulloor, pointed out that the control room number 1090 is not accessible from mobile phones.

A member of the governing committee of the FRAT, Punchakkari Ravi, raised the complaint that regular police station meetings are not being held in the Kovalam police station limits. The Commissioner immediately directed the Kovalam Sub Inspector (SI) who was present at the meeting to convene regular station meetings.

Haphazard parking

The problem of haphazard parking near the district court was raised by A. Ayyappan from the Malloor Road residents association. Only an SI should preside over police-public interaction meetings and not junior officials, he said.

Alexander, representing the Palayam residents association, complimented the Cantonment police who he said had caught the person responsible for a chain-snatching incident at Palayam last Thursday within 12 hours of the incident. The menace of beggars was acute in front of the St. Joseph's cathedral at Palayam, he added.

Balachandran, a resident of Poojappura, said that though he had given a complaint about a robbery to the police on March 28, even after identifying the robber, no action had been taken so far.

Many persons complained that autorickshaw drivers in the city were fleecing the public even in times of emergencies.

At Pazhaya road near Medical College, the Commissioner was told, autorickshaws refused to ply for local residents and preferred to transport only Maldivian nationals who stay in lodges in the area for treatment in nearby hospitals. There were also many complaints about the forcible occupation of footpaths by vendors and workshop owners in many parts of the city.

The need for additional police personnel in areas with heavy traffic such as Ayurveda College, Thampanoor and Sreekariyam and the need to strengthen police patrolling in the summer vacation months was also discussed at the meeting.

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