No soft corner for traffic rule violators: Basanth Rath

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Promises visible difference in traffic movement on Kashmir roads 

No soft corner for traffic rule violators: Basanth Rath

Pirzada Shakir

Srinagar, Mar 20:

Inspector General Traffic Police, Basanth Rath Tuesday asserted that there will be no soft corner for traffic rule violators and strict against will be taken against them.
Basanth while briefing media persons here regarding traffic irregularities in Kashmir division and his policies and role to streamline the traffic movement entire Kashmir division reiterated the call for reserved seats for women in passenger vehicles.
"You have seen the traffic mismanagement in Jammu. After I joined as IGP Traffic I have been spending my whole time to streamline the traffic in city. Now you can see smooth traffic movement in Jammu city. Kashmir is my priority and traffic movement on the roads will be streamlined on same lines," said Basanth adding there are no holidays for me. I keep on working on all days to provide safety to commuters as well as vehicle owners.
Rath said that traffic mess on city roads has become a great matter of concern and needs to be streamlined at the earliest. Overloading in passenger vehicles is another matter of concern and I do not want to see the vehicles overloaded whether it is public transport or school buses. “With regard to school transport, parents as well as school management has to show their responsibility in eradicating the menace of overloading. If they fail to fulfill their duties then I have to act. I saw 7 seater vehicles carrying about 20 students, which was something very frustrating. I seized the vehicle on spot without any amnesty. There would not be any amnesty for traffic rule violators whatever the circumstances are,” Basanth said.
Reacting to a question of not wearing proper uniform while delivering his professional duties he said, “I believe in work which I have been doing efficiently. Wearing uniform is not mandatory for me while working properly is. I have to work as spy as well to keep watch of traffic movement which cannot be done while wearing uniform and in full squad.”
Basanth reiterated the call for reserved seats for women in passenger vehicles. As per him any violation in this regard cannot be accepted. He also appealed men who travel by public transport to keep seats reserved for women and in case of violation action as per law shall be taken.
Taking note of wrong parking due to lack of parking slots in Srinagar, Basanth said he has raised the issue with Transport Commissioner, who has assured him support in identifying and commissioning of more parking slots in the city. “Illegal parking has been a major hurdle in smooth movement of traffic in the city, violators will be harshly dealt with,” said Rath.
Basanth said he is very active on social media. “I have better things to do other than using social media, but it is medium to communicate with people to know their demands, grievances, to communicate them traffic advisories and to sort them out. Social media is something which needs to be taken seriously. It has its own power. I come to know about the working (bad or good) of my people who work in different areas and take action accordingly,” disclosed Basanth.
“It has been very tough at times to fulfill duties at all the areas due to lack of manpower and department has decided to add more personnel to traffic wing to deliver duties in forgotten areas which have became volatile for traffic mess. These areas include Downtown. Without caring for political affiliations, influence, reputation and whatsoever of a traffic violator, I book vehicles under law. I have been targeting traffic violators without getting influenced by any quarter and it will continue during my tenure,” he added.



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