Mangaluru, Oct 2, 2015 : The city of Mangaluru now has a novel Traffic Warden Squad which has been constituted due to the pioneering efforts by non-agenarian Joe Gonsalves, a man very much concerned about the traffic problems of the city and is striving his level best to redress the same. Chief guest of the occasion, Dr. Habeeb Rehman, Chairman, Unity Health complex inaugurated the program
The main objective of the Traffic Warden Squad is to regulate and ease traffic problem in the city. The Squad was launched by Mangaluru Diocese Bishop Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza. Following this, the Squad members took out a march from Hampankatta Junction to the office of the Police Commissioner.
The Squad ked by Joe Gonsalves, Chief Traffic Warden has O D’Cunha, Nelson , Deenath D’Sa and Alan as Deputy Chief Traffic Wardens apart from 30 traffic wardens. Traffic police personnel will co-ordinate with the Squad to ensure smooth traffic in the city .
The Squad also aims at sensitizing drivers of their responsibilities, will conduct road safety campaigns with the help of traffic police, will assist traffic police, to report cases of traffic violations to the traffic police and will hold awareness programmes.
Speaking at a function held later at his office, City Police Commissioner S Murugan thanked Joe Gonsalves and his team for their initiative. He said discipline by drivers and pedestrians alike would ensure that the roads are safe.
Dr Habeeb Rehman, Chairman and Medical Director of Unity Health Complex who was present as a chief guest, while pointing out that Joe was his friend, hoped the new team would be able to solve the traffic problems of Mangaluru.
Joe Gonsalves who also spoke, said the Traffic Warden Squad initiative has been made with the active co-operation of the Police Department.
Rajavarma Ballal, Chairman of Canara Bus Operator’s Association, K M Shantaraju and Dr Sanjeev M Patil, DCPs were also present on the dais.