Bits and pieces on the Traffic Police Website have appeared in
the media off and on. It was formally launched though yesterday,
on Tuesday the 9th July. What exactly do the Traffic Police hope
to achieve with this exercise?
the columns of this very newspaper on Saturday the 6th July, Anil
Sharma told readers of Delhi Mid-Day how 'things' are 'happening'
in Delhi and in Delhi's Traffic scenario! That believe it or not,
Delhi-ites are really seen to be obeying traffic rules - showing
more and more tendencies to follow traffic safety norms, rules
and regulations. Well, this hasn't happened over night, or by
the wave of a magician's wand. True, there are scores still, who
violate with impunity. But discernibly, their numbers are gradually
and steadily declining. A beginning has been made.
and those with an axe to grind will have their own story to narrate,
of course. But the army of determined citizens who want to see
this city brush shoulders with the best in the world, is growing.
And what more, their voice is getting heard
and their effort
at ensuring more discipline and order on the road, is yielding
results. For it remains true that the buck starts and ends at
every individual's own endeavour, and not on what he/she wants
others on the road to do! That follows automatically. And in this
their effort - every citizen's endeavour, the Traffic Police are
merely the catalyst. They need to be and want to be the silent
and unobtrusive partner. Whose friendly not oppressive presence
should be felt rather than seen. And towards this end, they endeavour
slowly, and steadily. With innovations by the dozen up their sleeves
- be it technological, be it in terms of the latest and the most
modern, user-friendly, rule-adherence-motivating, traffic control
devices and operational techniques. The website is one such among
its latest innovations, evolved taking advantage of the developments
around in Information Technology.
website is a veritable storehouse of a majority of the Traffic
Police functions. Its out-reach programmes, its areas of public
assistance and 'Helplines'. It has been endeavoured to cover almost
all aspects of Traffic Police activities hitherto not available
on its link page hosted on the main Delhi Police website. Right
from spelling out its 'Mission & Objectives' and its Organizational
Chart with the hierarchy and information on traffic officers with
their telephone numbers available in text form, and linked automatically
on the Delhi Area Map. In such a manner that any layman/visitor
to the website not having any knowledge, can access information
with a mere map click option. From the main map if one clicks
on any particular area, it will zoom in to the specifics of that
area, giving information on - the traffic Inspector of the area
you can contact, his office location, telephone number etc for
one to know in the event of a problem. Information on shopping
centres, major roads with restrictions if any applicable, hospitals,
parking lots, taxi stands, and so on. The general information
section gives interesting tit-bits on the history of the automobile
and the various 'firsts' - be it an accident, or a recorded traffic
importantly, the website has devoted a large segment of its space
to aspects of Road Safety. The quality of road users depends directly
on the traffic education that the user was required to be given
before acquiring his driving licence, or on what he was exposed
to after taking to the wheel. Education material in an attractive
manner is available for every category of road user - be it a
pedestrian, a cyclist, or a motorist as driver or vehicle occupant.
Safety guidelines and norms are spelt out, be it for school buses,
teachers, school authorities or school children. And instructions
from the Highway Code with all the 'Do's and 'Don'ts - even on
'how to negotiate a round-about' and on the 'right of way'. 'Flashers'
draw your attention to crucial traffic tips and safety messages.
accidents and trends are another important area for statisticians,
analysts and researchers, and to those whose conscience needs
a bit of jolting
. may be with the stringent enforcement
measures adopted by the traffic Police - which area is also not
neglected. Among other informations is the latest Traffic-Management
schemes employed in different areas, and the innovative technological
forays - be it on the Area Traffic Control, the Red-speed Cameras
and Digital Count-down Meters, or the SMS (Short Messaging System).
number of general queries are dealt with in the FAQ (Frequently
Asked Questions) section, with answers available on a plethora
of matters. This question-answer bank is expected to be embellished
and enriched with the new and newer queries the website is bound
to evoke. The archival section will host the latest Press Releases
and Advertisements of the Traffic Police for any one to consult,
and in the Helpline section are covered the traffic assistance
areas including grievance redressal through complaint cards, or
the latest Fare-charts for Taxis and TSRs.
Mission of the Delhi Traffic Police is "to achieve the highest
standard of safe and smooth traffic". Towards this end, the
website provides an interface to the people of Delhi and even
others, to interact from their home computers with their traffic
police. To browse, suggest, recommend or complain - towards a
better, safe and effective Traffic Management. The creation of
this website is not an end. It is a humble beginning. If it has
to grow, it must remain friendly, receptive and informative for
the user. The Traffic Police propose to do exactly this. The site
can be accessed at www.delhitrafficpolice.nic.in
words: dated 24.08.2004.
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