City commuters are facing trouble at signals due to the lack of traffic police officials at junctions like Suryanagar, Karkhana and Nagaram. Commuters were struck in a traffic jam for over half an hour during peak hour traffic. The commuters demand that at least one traffic cop must be deployed in every cross roads from 8 am to 10 am to avoid traffic congestion.
Venkata Yogi Sreedhar, a private employee said, “While going to office along the Nagaram Dammaiguda stretch, there is normally a traffic constable. But on Tuesday, absence of a traffic cop only added to the chaos and there was a traffic jam that lasted 15 minutes. Later, when I reached Suryanagar, Karkhana the situation was no different and I was stuck in a jam that lasted 15 minutes. Though there were traffic cops, he could not control the situation immediately. I request traffic officials to post at least one traffic constable during peak hours every day.”
Another commuter under condition of anonymity said, “If they had gone somewhere, it is dereliction of duty. The department cannot keep a tab on everyone and can only give them a warning. It is upto the people to check with them.”
However, inspector of police (Traffic), Marredpally K. Chandrashekar Reddy said, “There is no chance of traffic cops not attending to their duties in the morning as everyone joins duty at about 8 am. We frequently conduct checks to ensure everything is alright. He might have gone to attend nature’s call or drink water at that time.”
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