MANGALURU: Mangaluru City Traffic Police is ready to revamp the traffic warden system and relaunch it as Mangaluru City Police – Traffic Warden Organization (TWO) modeled on Bengaluru City Police Traffic Constables Organization.
A voluntary organization, the traffic wardens effectively manage the unprecedented increase in the number of vehicles over the years during peak hours.
City police have identified Sureshnath ML, a retired professor from St Aloysius College, as the head of TWO. He also served the senior division of CNC for 15 years. He retired with the rank of squadron leader.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) MA Nataraj told TOI that they are working to revive TWO.
“Sureshnath will travel to Bengaluru to study and understand how the system works there, and will accordingly establish rules, regulations and guidelines for the keepers to follow. The guidelines, including the selection process, will now be strictly followed. Once selected, the volunteers will receive training (theoretical and practical) and will assist the traffic police at important times, especially during rush hours,” he said. It is learned that Sureshnath has set a goal of recruiting at least 100 traffic cops for the city. It is a voluntary organization and no remuneration is paid, even for the sewing of the uniform or the purchase of the cap and the belt.
Sureshnath has also served as Director of Human Resource Development at St Aloysius College and consultant to various colleges.
The Traffic Warden Squad was formed in 2015, led by nonagenarian Joe Gonsalves, who died aged 99 last year. Currently, there are about 10 traffic officers. Bengaluru TWO has been able to attract people from all walks of life. The official launch of Mangaluru TWO is expected to take place by the end of the month.
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