GUWAHATI: Read this instruction from (GTP) Guwahati Traffic Police – ‘No parking within 50 metres. Violation of Section 179(I), MV Act fine Rs 500: GTP’. The content of this ‘signboard’ erected at a traffic point by the GTP has no takers among the personnel on traffic duty, let alone among vehicle drivers.
Isn’t it a blatant violation of Section 179(I) under the Motor Vehicle Act? And this is happening under the very noses of traffic personnel on duty at the traffic point.
The traffic point talked about here is Dharapur Chariali under Azara Traffic branch in Kamrup (Metro) district. The traffic point is located at the juncture of National Highway-37 and Dharapur-Palasbari Road. An approach road from the juncture leads one to Dharapur village.
With its strong-worded content, the signboard looks like a scarecrow that is set up to frighten crows and other birds away from crops. A scarecrow is frightening, but not dangerous at all. With such a device one can frighten birds, but not vehicle users in Assam. Unless what is written on the ‘signboard’ is implemented to the letter by the traffic police personnel on duty, vehicle users are not going to obey the instruction on their own. This is a proven fact in Assam.
The result of such a glaring ‘disobedience’ is that Dharapaur Chariali has a whole lot of vehicles parked near the traffic point on the Dharapur-Palasbari Road. By putting up of the ‘signboard’ without implementing its contents, the traffic managers, if seems, are making vehicle drivers inculcating the habit of not obeying traffic rules. Traffic police personnel on duty at the traffic point never take any action against vehicles being parked near the signboard put up by the GTP. This is not all. The approach road leading to Dharapur village too remains filled with e-rickshaws.
Will the traffic managers act as what they instruct with such signboards so as to rescue the public from the chaos of people and vehicles? The situation is the worst as there is a market on either side of the Dharapur-Palasbari Road not very far from the traffic point.
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