Traffic Management is a very serious issue today. Traffic in Mumbai especially is seen as a major drawback for the city. Everyone belonging to this city of dreams has at some point in their life faced a traffic snarl which has made them wish they lived anywhere else. The core reason for traffic is the buildup of several problems being neglected over the years. This includes, over population, bad infrastructure, lack of education, uncontrolled reckless driving etc. I personally feel that using a car for a single person is a luxury if the same car is used for 5 persons travelling, it makes sense. We have n number of people coming to the same area in their own cars without any accomplices. So, it makes sense to club the people and use just one car then, they might take turns to commute. Owning a car is an expensive affair but, government does receive revenue from it. If people stopped buying cars, it would be a big blow to government's income plus, during peak office times, no matter how much ever we try, you would see the crowd in the public transport. In regards to everyone's interests, every corporate should have overlapping working hours so that commuting becomes easier. Traffic management means managing the movement of vehicles, both inbound and outbound. Traffic management, therefore, involves the responsibility of managing the traffic so that flow of goods and services are smooth. This is achieved by routing the vehicles in such a way that the cost is minimized and there is maximum hassle free transport.
Mumbai Traffic Police and their responsibilities
The Mumbai traffic police is responsible for the smooth flowing of traffic in Mumbai city. Their mission statement is “Smooth flowing Traffic, Reduction in accidents, Effective enforcement of traffic regulations especially with the help of additional fully self contained enforcement vehicles and Inculcating a sense of discipline amongst road users through traffic education combined with vigorous enforcement.” Though there are efforts put in but the job is highly complex due to the increased growth of vehicles in the recent years. The following facts and figures make it clear: FACTS & FIGURE:-
Area| 437.71 Sq. Km (Excluding National Park)|
Population (2005 Census)| 2.1 Crore|
Vehicle Population ( March 2007)| 15.03 Lac|
Road Length| 1941 Km|
Vehicles per km Road Length| 717 per Km|
Enforcement Statistics| HEADS 2008|
No. of cases| 23,14,004|
No. of Vehicles Towed| 3,16,581|
Action against Parking Violations| 6,81,960|
compounding Charges / fine recovered| 22,95,86,770|
Action of suspension of M.D.L| |
Taxi | 1495|
Auto Rickshaw| 1310|
Cases :-| Types of Vehicles|
Auto Rickshaw| 280383|
Heavy Vehicles| 171931|
Two Wheeler| 993798|
(Table 2.1: Facts and figures on general information)
The organizational chart of the Mumbai traffic Police is as follows:
The duties and responsibilities of the officers of traffic control branch are as follows: * Jt. Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Mumbai
* Overall Incharge of Traffic Control Branch.
* Administrative work.
* Short term/ Long term Traffic management planning.
* Supervising the modernization projects viz. Metro rail / * Mono rail / Skyways / Flyovers / Subways / Bandra -Worli Sea Link Project etc * Implementation of computerization projects.
* Educational campaigns.
* Dy.Commissioner of Police (Headquarters), Traffic, Mumbai
● Nominated as staff officers for the administrative work of the Jt.C.P.,Traffic ● Deployment of manpower of Traffic Control Branch.
● Providing additional manpower and drafting bandobast orders during the VVIP/VIP bandobast. ● Filling of vacancies in the Traffic Control Branch and transfer of officer and men after discussion with Jt.C.P., ● Purchases modernization projects AMCs etc.