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Fed up of traffic mess owing to rallies, residents demand 'normal' lives back

Responding to complaints from residents about unending snarls, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Pradeep Deshpande has issued an order to all his officers to take action against political parties that flout norms and cause inconvenience to the citizens

Deepak Taware, a resident of Parvati area, couldn't take any more of the political drama disrupting the lives of the people in his area.

Follow the rules: DCP Deshpande has said that political workers flouting norms will be charged under relevant sections of the CrPC and the IPC. Representation pic
Follow the rules: DCP Deshpande has said that political workers flouting norms will be charged under relevant sections of the CrPC and the IPC. Representation pic 

The regular rallies and foot marches of political parties during their campaigns have been causing severe traffic jams, giving citizens a hard time. He complained that a political rally organised in his area a few days ago had brought the lives of citizens to a halt with traffic congestion that took hours to clear.

Taware complained to the Deputy Election Officer Jyoti Kadam of Parvati constituency to find an immediate solution to this problem.

Reacting to the complaint, Kadam wrote a letter to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Pradeep Deshpande to issue instructions to his officials to ensure that such incidents are prevented in the future.

DCP Deshpande issued an order in the police gazette and instructed all concerned police officers to take suitable action against concerned political workers.

Poll fever: With the city going to the polls in a week's time, the number of political rallies and padyatras have skyrocketed, causing trouble to commuters
Poll fever: With the city going to the polls in a week's time, the number of political rallies and padyatras have skyrocketed, causing trouble to commuters 

Kadam said, "It is the responsibility of the police to maintain traffic discipline during election campaigning of the parties.

They should ensure this while giving NOCs to them. Apart from this, if citizens are facing any problems, they can contact and submit their complaints to electoral officers in their respective constituencies so that further action can be initiated."

DCP Deshpande said, "I have issued standing orders to all police officers to ensure that citizens are not inconvenienced by snarls.

Every citizen has the right to lead a "normal life" even during the election season. If political workers are found to be flouting the norms, we will register a case against them under relevant sections of the Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code."

Voices

Shubhada Kulkarni, Nigdi resident
I travel by PMPML buses and due to the traffic jams caused by the political rallies, I have been reaching home late for the past week. All candidates should tell their workers to behave during the padyatras and rallies and avoid creating a nuisance.

Darshan Shah, Warje resident
Traffic police or concerned officers should not give permission to political workers until they pledge to follow the traffic rules. Once permission is given, police personnel should be deployed at important junctions where these rallies are to pass through.

Bhagwant Deshmukh, Wadgaon Sheri resident
Bhagwant DeshmukhEvery day while returning from our offices, we have to brave major traffic jams in the city. Especially in Wadgaon Sheri, some roads are narrow and a swarm of political workers make their way in tempos, giving rise to roadblocks. Public transport vehicles like PMPML buses and auto rickshaws are affected the most in such situations. Political workers either walk or are on their bikes. They do not even follow basic traffic rules while carrying out their rally. In fact, they think honking and shouting all their way will win them votes, which is ridiculous.


Abhijit Ghalsasi, Dattawadi resident

Abhijit GhalsasiPeople are not inconvenienced only on the road; the continuous honking of the political workers when their rally passes by our area disturbs senior citizens staying at their homes.

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