On the one hand the apex court has recently voiced concerns over soaring casualties in road accidents on the other hand helmet encased heads have become a regular sight on the roads of Kashipur since July,18 when the motorcycle borne , City Patrol Unit set its foot in the city. Under the stewardship of SI Pawan Bharadwaj 26 cops have been deployed at every nook and corner of the city.The unit has been tasked to enforce the laws under MB ACT and mitigate the number of road accidents.
“CPU se rahat” or safety for granted .
Unlike dysfunctional street lights of the city, CPUs are luckier and have become a talk of town within short period of time as it managed its space in the political menfesto of a mayoral candidate who promised “CPU se rahat” (assured riddance from cpu)in the recent municipal elections .The incident underscores the taken for granted state of safety .
Neither flaunting nor flouting !
.Most of the youngersters are worried about their perfectly gelled and styled hair as it’s not keeping the pace with the traffic rules .”Safety ke liye accha hai par not for hair style “: Aditya Singh,BSC student .
“It is next impossible to dodge from their sight as they would stumble upon and issue challan where ever you go “: Preeti , MSc student.
While according to some ,this could be a beginning of a new horizon as they claim ..
“Finally there is someone to take a stock of tottering state of traffic rules in the city “: Sushmita, a teacher .
“CPU will be achieving only one forth of what they set out for unless potholed roads are repaired” : Avinash, govt employee.
Public at lock horns with CPU
A slew of incidents are reported very often where the locals lock horns with the patrolling team and blame the unnecessary checks aimed at minting money whereas Vicky Kumar ,a patrolling cop shares an incident ” when I issued challan to an offender for not wearing helmet and asked for money he gave me 500 instead of a 100 rupee note before I could give him change shockingly he gathered the mob around accusing me of taking bribe “. Hopefully such cases can be put to halt by the arrival of swiping machine within a day or two .
” We are perceived to be agents involved in money extortion from denizens”says Patrolling cop Yugal Upadhyay while tallying his daily collection in the record book .The cop further adds
We are sick of hearing “Bhul Gaya “, Maiyat main ja Raha hoon” , ” Paper Hai”
“Helmet na pehnne main Shaan”
Cop Vickey Kumar blames human psychology for transgression of rules he opines “log helmet na pehnne main Shaan samjhte h ,unhe ye humare fayede ke lye lagta hai “( not wearing a helmet is a matter of prestige and an obligation).while some take this as an attack on their esteem .