Nagpur: Since the Supreme Court ordered a ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways, a large number of liquor outlets went shut across the city. But the diehard boozers have found ways to beat the court ‘heat.’ The best place to say ‘cheers’ and enjoy a glass or two is turning out to be cars and roads as well. And the ‘trend’ is taking a frightening shape. The tipplers, after gulping the heady stuff in open, are not hesitating to create ruckus once the influence at its peak.
Faced with the deluge of complaints in this connection, the Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham has ordered crack down on drunkards on the roads. Special squads are being formed to arrest the “appalling trend.”
To draw a plan, the top cop on Friday convened a meeting of all Traffic Branch officials including DCP Ravindrasingh Pardeshi. In the 4-hour marathon meeting, the Commissioner issued orders for bringing the situation under control. The meeting was held at N-COPS Excellence Centre. DCP Pardeshi threw light on various traffic problems through power-point presentation. The problems include Metro construction related problems, encroachments on footpaths, various hotels, eateries on roads, parking difficulties in front of hospitals etc. The meeting also discussed effective dealing of ‘drunk and drive.’ The Commissioner expressed his disappointment as despite initiation of several measures, streamlining of traffic and traffic machinery has not been achieved. Road accidents on the higher side, the top cops said.
Don’t work only for target:
It was noticed that most of the policemen work for completion of target and once the target is achieved, they assume their work is over and go idle. “But they should also understand their moral responsibility and strive continuously for qualitative change in all aspects,” suggested the Commissioner of Police.