New broom sweeps clean?

The new Police Commissioner G Nanchil Kumaran seems to be a man bent on making a difference. Consider the following: During a recent meeting with his officers, he has instructed that apart from the routine rounds carried out for the maintenance of law and order, they should assist the traffic police between the peak hours of 8.00 AM to 10.30 PM AND 5.30 AND 8.30 pm.; He has instructed that cases to do with domestic violence should be handled promptly; A number of recent cases of robbery and murder have been solved promptly by an alert force; and he has also instructed the traffic police to ensure compliance with the regulation of compulsory wearing of helmets by two wheeler riders.

This last action has irked quite a few since it was taken for granted that one could ignore the rule once the Chief Minister had made a statement on the subject, but this is a welcome move by the police which should restore their credibility. They could, of course, as Vinod rightly pointed out, have given notice that they expect strict compliance before cracking down and charging 5000 two wheeler riders a fine over a few days. But its good to see the initiative to bring back some order and discipline for the public good. Neurosurgeons in Chennai have been making repeated requests for a helmet wearing regulation given the mounting death toll from head injuries from accidents on the roads, so this fulfills a much required safety measure. One can also see khaki clad policemen assisting the traffic police in the rush hour, especially in the mornings at certain junctions.

Lets hope that these are just the beginning of many new initiatives to restore the role and credibility of the police in ensuring a safer and better environment for he citizens of Chennai.

7 Comments so far

  1. chennai citizen (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    Could somebody fine people for littering, spitting on the Chennai road?

  2. Anonymous Coward (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    //Could somebody fine people for littering, spitting on the Chennai road?//

    Before that could the govt. (the owner of the roads) clean the roads, clear of sand and dust, that is hitting on my face every time I go out.
    When the roads are clean anyone will think before littering. Alternatively there should be bins available to dispose litter. Just fining will not suffice.

  3. tsk tsk (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

    FINE traffic violations by public transport drivers

  4. suppamani (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 2:44 pm


  5. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    I went to Pondicherry last week and learnt a great lesson: an Indian city can be clean!

    Why can’t Chennai learn that?

  6. PlaneMad (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 7:41 am

    This happens everytime there is a change. Not to worry, give it 2 months for things to return back to normal.

  7. David (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 2:41 am

    Its quite a good move by the cops.. most people dont realise the fact that at the event of an accident, its only accessories like a helmet or a jacket which will protect their lives..

    If only the police would also do something about the snarling traffic jams, it would be uber cool


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