Its a Wednesday morning around 10.30 AM, peak time all wanting to reach to office and start work as normal. I just take a turn at Gogte circle from Congress road and half of the road is blocked by the City bus. I somehow mange to go to the left and a traffic cop lands in the middle of the road to stop a biker infront of me who is not wearing a helmet.
I had to brake at sudden orelse, it would have been another news story of an accident.
There were about 2 senior cops and another 3 waiting under the shade of the tree near Desai Building levying fines for non wearing of helmets.
At this very moment a biker who was next to me (I am wearing a helmet and the other biker as well) approached the Senior cops and told him
Sir, Why dont you tell these bus drivers to stop at the designated bus stop and not just at the turn. Officer nods his head no reply.
This has been happening for so many years that the City buses never stop at the designated bus stop, God only knows why they dont?
The Traffic cops and I would like to call this offense of not wearing helmet as a soft offense when compared to other violations which cause smooth flow of traffic.
Helmets are compulsory and it is needed for ones own security, if one meets with an accident the helmet could save your life, no two thoughts on that.
But Why do the cops only see Helmets….? dont they see the city buses standing in the middle of the road or just at the turn?
Dont they see the Autos(ah they might have a soft corner for them)?
And the most important part Traffic Cops are and have to be used to ensure smooth flow of traffic but we hardly see any Traffic cop at Dharmveer Sambhaji Circle, First gate or even RPD.
We would like to make a humble request to the higher authorities in the Traffic department other than levying fines for violations please also look into other issues which will allow smooth flow of traffic.
We have always heard that there is dearth of staff in the department but yesterday we saw and we counted 4 senior officials and 4 others at Sanchayani Circle levying fines. But no one at Dharmveer Sambahji Circle to manage traffic.
We just remember this dialogue from the movie Gabar is back –
Har woh aadmi joh galat dekhkar aankhen nahi pherta … woh Gabbar hai
Joh ghoos dene waale ko ghus-ghuske maare … woh Gabbar hai …
Joh sarkari aadmi air condition room mein behatkar logon ko tang karte hai, unka pasina chhudvaye … woh Gabbar hai
aur ab humko Gabbar Banna Hai.