Mangaluru: Traffic, civic issues dominate police chief's maiden 'Phone-In Programme’

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, Jun 3: Problems faced by the public due to haphazard parking on footpaths and roads, traffic congestion, and reckless driving of private buses dominated the grievances made to police commissioner Kuldeep Kumar R Jain during the phone-in programme which was held at police commissioner's office here on Saturday June 3.

In the phone-in programme, a resident of Pandeshwar informed the commissioner that a theft had been reported at his residence a month ago and he had filed a complaint with the police in the regard. Answering his query, the police commissioner said that he will follow up on the matter and will know the progress of the case from the officer concerned at the police station.

A caller from Moodbidri complained that auto drivers are charging exorbitant charges to passengers without using the auto fare meter. If the police department and RTO coordinate and display auto fares visible to the public in public places, it will help the commuters. Replying to the complaint, the commissioner said that the police department is already sensitizing the public over the issue. In the upcoming days coordinating with RTO, we will make an effort to end this problem, he said.

Another local said that pipes are dumped on the road near Bendorewell. “The buses and auto rickshaws are parked on the road. Due to this, people are facing problems and there is traffic congestion. In reply, the commissioner said, “We have deployed our men there to control the traffic. When the public spots our people, they follow the rules. When our men are not on the spot, the traffic rules will be violated. Self-discipline should come from within. When we follow rules with self-discipline, the system and traffic congestion will be solved.”

A caller from Bejai complained that the private bus drivers run the vehicle recklessly. “Sometimes they avoid stops though passengers want to alight from the bus. Apartments and commercial buildings have allotted parking lots for commercial purposes. There is no space for the vehicles to be parked. The vehicles are parked on the road which leads to traffic congestion,” he said. In reply, the police commissioner said, "This has come to our notice. When they approach us to take NOC, they inform us that there is parking space, but gradually they convert the parking space for commercial purposes. The local administration and the city corporation should act against it. From our side, once again we will write to the city corporation about this.”

A person who called from Moodbidri complained to the commissioner about an individual who is brewing illicit liquor under Moodbidri station limits. The commissioner said, “We will act soon against this and book the accused under sections of the Excise Act.”

A caller informed that several homeless, drunkards, and offenders have made Statebank, Nehru Maidan as their dwelling spot. This will give a bad image to the city. The commissioner stated that he will do the needful.

A person from Surathkal informed that he lost his iPhone on May 6. In this regard, he had filed a complaint at the police station. The commissioner said that he will check the matter with the police officer regarding the follow-up.

Another person from Surathkal informed the commissioner about gambling taking place inside a bar. The police commissioner assured him of taking prompt action against gambling.

Callers also informed that vehicles are recklessly parked on the footpath and road near Mangaladevi temple. This has led to traffic congestion. In reply, the commissioner asked the ACP to appoint staff from the temple for proper traffic management and proper parking arrangements for the vehicles of devotees.

A caller informed that the vehicles are not following traffic rules instead they come in the wrong direction on the road. Two-wheeler riders are not using helmets. Moreover, triple riding is common in the area. The commissioner said that several awareness programmes have been held. He urged the public to follow traffic rules. When there is self-discipline, the system will be working fine. The public should adhere to the traffic rules, he added.

Two callers also complained about traffic congestion reported in the central market as vehicles are parked on the roads.

DCPs Anshukumar (law and order) and Dinesh Kumar (Crime and Traffic), ACP traffic Geetha Kulkarni and other police officials were present.




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  • Jaison, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    So much dust n sand on road please run the appropriate vehicles assigned to clean the roads at night once a month atleast.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Our Police Commissioner and traffic department must take maximum steps to improve the traffic problems. Like they must give every Traffic Police to report daily minimum 10 cases of Traffic violations to Commissioner directly. If they fail Commissioner must take action. Within one week our Traffic system come to normal. This is my suggestion.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    if khaki really wishes they can make huge difference...people of 1980s and 90s may remember DC Bharatlal Meena...he single handedly put all the things in place...made the civil contractors of that time to build roads near their houses etc....

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  • Balakrishna Shetty, Yellur

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Traffic in some of the junctions like Padubidri and others in NH66 are very badly maintained. These junctions need efficient signaling systems.

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  • J.F.D Souza, Attavar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Let the Police Chief arrange one Squad (police Team) and let them take beat rounds around the City to set right all such overspeed, horn sound, Bikes with loud and horrible sound, Speaking over mobiles while driving more than one pillion riders, and all such abnormal cases violating traffic rules specially parking vehicles on both sides of roads that too in a zig zag manner inconveniencing the public. The services of Cobra Police can very well be utilised for all these purposes instead of keeping them idle the whole day. From Fr. Mullers four lane upto Nandigudda Junction vehicles are being parked on roaside in a most haphazard manner. Though Police Vehicle pass through that road or parked somewhere there on this road are the silent spectators. Let them do some monitor work and reduce such traffic problems.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    I gave a call in Phone in programme, but they have wrongly informed the press that ,my name is , instead, G R PRABHU from Bejai, they have reported as K R PRABHU from Bejai. Just clarified.

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  • RJP, Mangalore / Middle East

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    Good job from Daijiworld, let this continue also with City Corporation and RTO Dept. For road and parking issue they also play a vital role. People park on Road and go to restuarents / supermarkets / grocery shops / banks within the city limits and this disturbs all travellers. Double road provided by the government for smooth transport becomes single when vehicles are parked. So City corporation must take some strict meausres and inform the commercial building owners to arrange parking or cancel the business license, there cant be compromise in this and disturb the entire public. Also install bullet cameras where it gets flashed on speeding vehicle etc. There is no need for a police to stand and watch for the full day, in many developed countries just the Camera controls everything, people are scared of camera's and related traffic fines from cameras.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    Guy who is complaining about illicit brewing from Moodbidri could be his professional rival....hmm... Interesting....Tak...Takk...

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  • Alwayn, Canada

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    Our grandparents has home made country in the morning till evening and worked in the farm early morning till late evening every day and lived thier lives 95plus. Today all these dramas makes me sad.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    Dear citizens.. let’s help police department to record video of all offenders that come to our notice and most on police commissioners whatsapp no. This is one of the effective tool to bring self discipline in mangalore. Just talking and dialing these now will no work.

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