The front page headline “No more ‘Tiger’ menace in city” (SOM dated Mar.9) is very aptly titled and conveys the entire saga that was enacted so badly for the last 10 years.
It is unbelievable that it took so many years for the authorities to realise the folly in implementation of the otherwise well-intentioned scheme.
The Traffic Police are only to be blamed for heaping such a torture on the hapless public by allowing a few contractors and their team to loot the public as per their whims and fancies.
Also failure of the Police in not implementing a proper and uniform system of sign posts, marking them clearly for the applicability of no-parking distance, not adopting a well-designed information system to keep the affected persons about the whereabouts of his/her lost/missing vehicle, giving no opportunity to hear the other side, etc.
Having suffered twice for such an unfair treatment, myself and many others had brought this to the notice of the public through letters published in SOM as well as met the then Police Commissioner along with other concerned citizens and appealed to set right the things by giving some practical suggestions and examples of good systems abroad. Alas, nothing happened.
Now the whole thing is discarded. But what next? How do they wish to keep the roads, corners, busy places from the violators of rule? Who will instil a fear and sense of discipline? Doing it all by their own staff is a tall task. Hope they will call for traffic volunteers with due authority and commitment to carry on the task.
There is a much-needed system improvement to be put in place to manage the ever- increasing vehicle population.
– B.S. Shankara, Mysuru, 10.3.2019
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