Mangaluru, Jan 05, 2019: The 100th edition of the phone-in programme, by Mangaluru City Police Commissionerate, was held at Commissioner’s Office here, on January 4, Friday.
Speaking on the occaison, Commissioner of Police T R Suresh said the phone-in programme was being held for the last two years. The programme was initiated by the then Commissioner of Police Chandrasekhar in order to address public grievances and with an intention to make the police department people-friendly. The programme has been successful. It has helped to bridge the gap between the police department and the public, he added.
He, further, said that the people who took part in the programme, not only voiced their grievances on civic issues but also gave their suggestions and information on illegals activities. Of the 1,584 complaints received during the phone-in programmes for the last two years, 359 were pertaining to law and order and 97 regarding various departments. Around 200 cases have been provided with direct solution.
Grievances : Caller from Hosabettu wanted to know the measure taken for accelerating the work on the Clock Tower in Hampankatta. The Commissioner of Police said that the commissionerate will pressurise the city corporation to speed up the work. The irregular work on footpath in Bejai Main Road. The stretch between KSRTC and Bejai Market has been dug up without completing the work, he added.
Caller from Kankanady suggested conducting public interaction programmes once in three months.
From Kunjathbail person complained that there was no proper parking facility for the patients’ vehicles in most of the private hospitals in the city. The Police commissioner assured of taking the necessary action.
Rash driving by private college bus drivers was a serious complaint.
Bunder person complained that menace of fish lorries continued in spite of lodging many complaints.
One from Jokatte said that buses more than 15 years old had been plying in the city. From Kavoor complained that the concrete mixing vehicles had been spilling ready mix on the road creating problems for motorists.
Apart from these, there were complaints regarding footpath issue at Karangalpady, non-issue of tickets by conductors in city buses, riders not displaying number plates in vehicles, faded mark on the humps (Speed governors) in front of university college and so on.
A total of 37 calls were received during the 100th edition of the phone-in programme.
Traffic wardens Joe Gonsalves, Francis Maxim Moras and Joseph D’Souza, Police Commissionerate staff Varun Alva, CCRB personnel Yusuf and Purushottam, coordinator Ganesh Mulki and autorickshaw driver Ramesh were felicitated on the occasion.
DCP (Law and Order) Hanumantaraya, RTO In-charge John B Misquith, KSRTC Divisional Controller Deepak Kumar, MCC Commissioner Mohammed Nazir and DK District Working Journalists’ Association President Shrinivas Indaje were present.