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For all the latest Pune News, it’s imperative to know the place. It symbolises the sun and the sea,I had gone to pick up my grandson from his school in Saket.identified as Ashma and Raju (35), the company promised daily earnings and monthly returns to investors. my name and some other details. The whole idea is to get better visibility for artists like me, he says For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express AppPune | Published: December 18 2013 5:55 am Related News At an Idea ExchangeDCP Traffic VISHWAS PANDHARE speaks on the failure of the Bus Rapid Transit Systemwhy Punes traffic is getting slower by the day and why this continues to be an unsolved puzzle AJAY KHAPE: What is the reason behind accidents on BRTS route At presentthe BRTS route is a mixed traffic route and not a dedicated one We were insisting on creation of a dedicated route for BRTS We also do not have a system in place to prevent private vehicles from entering the dedicated track The Pune Municipal Corporation is creating a separate BRTS cell Sowe will now request them to deploy dedicated staff to stop these vehicles There is also absence of monitoring Our officers and staffers are busy in other duties and there is no 24 X 7 monitoring We have requested the PMC to appoint officers from the security board to ensure that the traffic wardens are there and doing their duty If they are found not doing their dutyaction should be taken against them MANOJ MORE: But PMPML has already created a BRTS cell They are going to create a dedicated cell for Alandi and Nagar Road AJAY KHAPE: What role can the traffic police play in proper implementation of the BRTS We can help them with the traffic cops and wardens But I repeat that there should be a separate system and the PMC should not depend on us The PMC has created BRTS tracksPMPML is using these and they are asking us to monitor it Sofor proper functioningthere should be a separate cell with responsibilities shared by all of us CHANDAN HAYGUNDE: These are just remedies But as DCP Traffic dont you think there are some major flaws in the existing BRTS When the meeting to plan the new BRTS was heldwe had suggested in fact submitted in writing that before the new BRTS is plannedwe should focus more on eliminating the flawswhich had drawn public criticism So that people will have trust in the system and there will be public support This time too we had categorically said that the BRTS route should be dedicated And the mistakes made earlier should not be repeated AJAY KHAPE: At presentwe are talking about only a few roads with BRTS But they want to create BRTS tracks on all main roads of the city What will be the scenario then BRTS has proved to be a successful model world over But we must also look at the components that made them successful There should be dedicated tracks and adequate frequency The service should be efficient and cost-effective Noweven then you want to a allow a private vehicle on the roadthey should be taxed more Then there is one-card payment system for all the modes rented cyclesbusestrains If I stay at Ambegaon and BRTS is available from Katrajthere there should be a system that will take me from my home to the BRTS starting point If there is no bus and I come by a motorcycle or bicyclethere should be safe parking space An then there should be surety that I will get the bus to my destination in five to seven minutes Then the bus should reach there in time Only then will the BRTS be successful Same is the USP of the local trains combined with BEST bus system in Mumbai There is assurance We have given these suggestions to the PMC MANOJ MORE: You have given these suggestions to the PMC Do they listen to you Lookit is the PMCs job to construct BRTS tracks and maintain themPMPML has the job of looking after the operations There should also be a dedicated force to man the traffic and stop private vehicles from entering the lane Nowit is almost five years since the BRTS have been functional Dont you think there should have been a study to examine how effective has it been Is there a rise in the number of commuters Are they satisfied When it comes to BRTS trackshave we ever asked why there are so many openings to the tracks Alsothe remaining traffic has been allotted rest of the space on the road Have we ever asked if that carriage width is enough for the traffic or not Just because there are fundsnew tracks are coming up What about the planning Jedhe Chowk has BRTS It has a huge number of pedestrians The buses stops are right at the centre of the junction and people get down there How will they walk back How will this work We gave them a lot of suggestions for the bus route and for pedestrians We asked the BRTS planners whether it was not common sense to keep these paths separate Are we going to keep doing the same things for the years to come They showed us the plan There will be a bus standa Metro station at this place The number of vehicles and pedestrians will increase multifold in 2050for example These planners are still going by the 2008 yardstick But now they are seeking our opinion before planning We also interfere if we feel something is going wrong MANOJ MORE: This again brings us to the same question Is there enough coordination between you and the municipal corporations There was no such coordination earlier We felt there is no communication between all these stakeholders But after February last yearwhen a meeting was called by the deputy chief ministerwe have started holding meetings right from the ward level NISHA NAMBIAR: Have you given any proposal to the state government for additional manpower As of now what is the strength We currently have 1060 traffic constables Last yearwe sent a proposal for 552 more We need 1500 more personnel But these vacancies are going to be filled step by step Of the 55000 new cops to be recruited in the next five yearsevery year 11000 will be added Sowe will also get our share step by step Pune city is a priority in this We are also working on efficient use of the available strength They do not have training We have now created a new training facility MANOJ MORE: What are the other constraints Onewe need more walkie talkies We have 190 now and we need 100 more These are required for better communication among us We need a lot of things to make working conditions better A lot of signals were not working and 80 non-functional ones have now been restarted PMC and PCMC did not even have the data on which signals are working and which are not We have now designed a signal policy and started working on signal timings We have some major changes of signal timings on a few arterial roads as of now Many signals had severe structure flaws of positioning It is impossible for cops to manage the traffic if these flaws are not removed There are a lot of things we have told the PMC They have not acted on them SUNANDA MEHTA: Do you think the Metro will also help the city What if the same happens with Metro as what happened in the case of BRTS Yes of course Any public transport implemented with conscious planning will help the city SUSHANT KULKARNI: Do traffic police have any SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) in cases such as Santosh Mane Are there any guideline regarding what should be your response in case of a terror attack or a natural calamity I can assure you that we are prepared The first job of the traffic cops in such cases is to safely divert the traffic We are now capable of making desired diversions within minutes We did this in the case of the low-intensity serial blasts on Jangli Maharaj Road We have VIP movementsGanesh festivalsPalkhi where we get to actually put in practice our diversion plans We also have to carry out checking of vehicles in many such cases We now have ready plans on doing nakabandi Sonow if we have to check suspected vehicles from some specific routeswe know where to place check points We have a system in which we can place nakabandi on all the 21 entry/exit points of the city within minutes These 21 points will soon be getting CCTV cameras and automatic registration number reading systemso that we can have records of vehicles coming and going SUSHANT KULKARNI: A lot of traffic changes have been made Like making JM and FC roads one way But there is always criticism about these changes being made without planning See for examplein case of JM and FC roadsthe then DCP Manoj Patil had given a detailed plan in 2010 on pedestrian crossings with signalsbus stopsparking spaces and footpath along the road It has not been implemented We wanted a signal between Roopali and Vaishali restaurants But the city engineer of PMC says it is not suitable Now you should ask him the reason SHRIKRUSHNA KOLHE: A lot of places have wrongly constructed speed breakers Yes We have told this to the PMC and have also got speedbreakers at 70 spots removed or improved There are norms on speed breakers There should be markingwhich should be repainted regularly and there should be reflectors and signage boards A boy and a girl were riding a bike at night and the boy could not see the speed breaker They fell down and the girl died This should not be a build and forget work NISHA NAMBIAR: Has there been an increase or decrease in the traffic violations Before that let me ask you this When do we say there is a traffic violation If there is speedingdriving under influence of alcoholnot wearing helmetgoing triple seat on a bikehalting on zebra crossingtalking on phone while drivingparking in no-parking zonenot wearing seat belts Where is the root of all this Is it not in our mentality When we say Puneites have no disciplinedo we ever ask who should give them lessons on discipline Dont you think we should be taught traffic discipline at homeschoolscolleges and also while issuing licenses There is no institution which teaches us traffic disciplineWe say that in Western countriespeople stop at signals even at 2 amthats because such is the culture SUNANDA MEHTA: Also because they know they wont be spared if they break the rules Thats exactly the kind of fear that is missing in our country And for this the traffic police is answerable I do not agree with you I believeif the lesson has to last a lifetimeit has to be inculcated through creating a traffic culture Tell me what will last longerthe fear of a fine or a traffic culture that will tell you that if you dont wear a helmet and if you speedyour life is at risk Now about Mumbai Let us compare We have an area of 743 sq km and Mumbai has 437 Mumbai has 150 officerswe have 40 Mumbai has 70 towing craneswe have eight They have 3500 stafferswe have recently reached 1000 In Mumbai of the 1250 junctionsthey have signals at 1238 We have 1400 junctions and signals at just 300 Mumbai has vehicle population of 22 lakh and we have 37 lakh Of 37 lakhwe have 24 lakh two-wheelersin Mumbai over 75 per cent are cars because public transport is very good Their signals can be fully manned So statisticallyif someone breaks a rulechances are he will be caught seven out of 10 times But in Puneit is just two out of 10 times And there is also a different mentality So as a solution to this problemwe conduct drives We have also seen people trying overpower traffic cops But stillyou will agree that Pune has less jams than Mumbai We have less accidents Pune traffic is flowing and that is my priority In Delhitraffic cops have the authority to set up signals And they can do it within 15 days after taking the decision Herewe have no such authority and it takes months to set up signals Delhi Traffic Police gets funds for creating awareness There is a statutory committee of all stakeholders to take decisions on traffic issues in Delhi And here we talk about co-ordination In Western countriesthere are modern systems of detecting traffic violations and implementation The fine is deducted from the bank account or at every renewal Do we even have a system to check that a person is driving despite his license has been cancelled People get another licence SUNANDA MEHTA: But in the last one yearthe situation has really worsened It takes twice the time to reach your destination Have the roads widened in proportion to the vehicle population Has there been an addition to public transport What have we done in case of major traffic bottlenecks Look at Bopodi-Khadki traffic Incoming traffic is coming from six lanes And then it enters a two-lane road What else do you expect What logic is this Have the roads been widened all over Another exampleAundhBaner and Pashan traffic comes to University square Have we ever argued on the position of the flyovers When will we look at the traffic as a problem of the flow and not as the one of a point or patch We asked them to make a subway at Simla office square instead of SG Barve chowk but they did not listen to us ANURADHA MASCARENHAS: What about the health of constables They have been given masks but it is very difficult to breathe the way we do without masks I have tried using one We do organise health check-ups on a regular basis AJAY KHAPE: Have you approached the government on introducing traffic rules in school curriculum We had given a suggestion for the inclusion of the subject in the syllabus There has been a discussion within the government I think some steps are going to be taken by the transport secretary soon MANOJ MORE: What about the bus stands of the state transport We have the same three bus stands since 1960 ShivajinagarPune station and Swargate Why was there no thought of decentralisation They are not using even the spaces they have Why no new bus stands have been built SUSHANT KULKARNI: We have printed photos of cars in no-parking zone outside the PMC building There is criticism that action is not taken against peopleespecially politicians That is not correct And not that all cars were of politiciansas you are saying They do not have parking space We have asked them to make arrangements We will definitely action It might have happened because the traffic cop was not present You knowsome people from the PMC were asking for that entire street but we said no CHANDAN HAYGUNDE: What is the secret of your built and health Regular exercise It has to be a habit We all know we should exercisetake enough sleep and eat well But how may of us do it I dont find excuses to skip exercise (Transcribed by Sushant Kulkarni) For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related News After struggling for a while, Google complied with 57 per cent of the requests then.

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