NCC cadets come to the rescue of traffic cops
It may not be a new phenomenon but the Khammam traffic police are right on the money to make use of the services of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in regulating the traffic in the city.
Khammam: It may not be a new phenomenon but the Khammam traffic police are right on the money to make use of the services of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in regulating the traffic in the city. Traffic management in the city, where roads are not quite wide enough and vehicular traffic is more, has always been considered as herculean task.
However, of late, the city police have proved that where there’s a will there’s a way. Coming up with a host of initiatives such as involving students and auto-rickshaw drivers, the authorities brought down the accident rate thereby casualties. This apart, the police also created awareness adopting various modes like spreading message through an eight-minute short film titled ‘Life and Death’ portraying the danger of rash and drunk driving.
It may be noted here that since 1997, the city has witnessed a huge transformation but not in terms of roads. The roads remained same in spite of ever growing population and motor vehicles. Starting with 1997 to 2014, the municipal area has witnessed at least 630 deaths and more than 2,100 people sustaining injuries due to road accidents.
As a result, road accidents in Khammam Municipal Corporation (KMC) area have come down drastically by 50 per cent. In 2015, only 17 deaths were occurred in 97 accidents took place in the KMC region. This apart, little over 100 persons sustained injuries.
Against this backdrop, the police roped in about 100 Cadets drawn from SR&BGNR, Kavitha RJC and DRS colleges of the city and trained them in regulating the traffic for about nine days. The Cadets were also given training in traffic management so that they can make the City residents aware about the traffic rules and importance of wearing helmet.
The training focused on creating awareness about the ill effects of the bike racing, rash, triple, signal jump, infringing one-way rule and wrong parking. Speaking to The Hans India, Khammam DSP Suresh Kumar said: “The Cadets were trained in such a way so that they can make people aware about traffic rules. The Cadets have shown a lot of interest in learning the traffic management. We will take their help in traffic management whenever there is a necessity.”
Traffic Inspector P Naresh Reddy said: “The support we got from the youths in spreading message about the importance of following traffic rules is
marvelous.” NCC Col. VM Swamy heaped praise on his Cadets, saying that they are the beacons of responsible citizens.