Activists hold meet with police over various issues

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 17 February 2019

Idnani said, “There are some major things, which disrupt citizens’ daily routine, including noise pollution by restaurants, events and processions.”

PUNE: The National Society for Clean City (NSCC) held a meeting with the Pune Police and Traffic Police to discuss various traffic and security issues. The meeting was held at the Pune Municipal Corporation’s Wadke Hall. NSCC President Gautam Idnani chaired the meet.

Idnani said, “There are some major things, which disrupt citizens’ daily routine, including noise pollution by restaurants, events and processions, wedding halls and construction sites, traffic congestions and other traffic issues.”

Maithili Manakwad of NSCC said, “Along with traffic and other related issues, drunken driving and meeting with accidents needs to be looked at.”

Shailendra Patel, who is part of the Jaldevata Seva Abhiyan, suggested to strengthen the digital surveillance at traffic signals.

Considering all issues and suggestions, Suhas Bavche, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-I), said, “Under Zone-1, there are 28 police chowkys and 32 beat marshals in pair during day time and 28 beat marshals in pair during night hours. For the past six months, we have improved on immediate response on the Pune police helpline number 100. Now, the beat marshals reach the spot within 5 to 7 minutes instead of 10 minutes.”

“We have identified some hotspots and hot timings in the city. Beat marshals or police vans or police personnel are on vigil round-the-clock at these places to curb crimes,” Bavche added.

Prabhakar Dhamale, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Traffic, said, “The noise pollution issue is being faced everywhere, and can also be tackled by calling the helpline number. The parking issue can only be solved if there is proper infrastructure in the city. We have made a WhatsApp group of the Pune Municipal Corporation, traffic officers and local police stations in case of any problem reported by citizens, all three key administrations will be informed and the problem can be solved easily.”

Bavche said if all signals are digitised, then many people will be fined for not following traffic rules.

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