Nakas increase, so do challans for overspeeding and drink-driving
With the UT Traffic Police increasing the number of nakas, the challans being issued for overspeeding and drink-driving have also increased as compared to the previous year.
For overspeeding, while 455 challans were issued from November 1 to December 10 last year, the number of challans issued in the corresponding period this year is 2,338. Similarly, for the same period, 473 challans were issued for drunken driving last year while 547 challans have been issued this year.
Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary says, "In the last one month, we have put up nearly 22 nakas per week. However, in the same period last year, the number of nakas was about 12 a week."
However, there are some places where nakas are put up regularly. "We make a roaster for traffic marshals, constables and a fresh schedule of nakas to be put up in the city every week. According to this, duties of the traffic marshals and the constables are circulated. But if the nakas are repeatedly put up at some places, I will certainly look into the matter," says Chaudhary.
There are 62 traffic marshals who are registered with the traffic police. But not all of them are active. "There are very few traffic marshals who come to the nakas. We have recruited some new traffic marshals and are spreading word for more people to join because the presence of traffic marshals makes a lot of difference," adds the SP (traffic).
The increase in the number of nakas has made the public cautious. "I was once challaned for overspeeding a few years back. Since then I have been very careful about the speed of my vehicle while driving. These days, nakas that the police put up are very unpredictable. Now they put up nakas even at late hours and it is somewhere in the city almost every day," says Anmol Lal, a resident of Sector 7.