Mangaluru, Jan 12, 2019: While complaints against unauthorised parking of vehicles continue to pour in during the weekly phone-in programmes, the police is yet to finalise the move to tow away vehicles.
The police have now said that towing vehicles should be operational in another 20 days.
In the 101st phone-in programme at the office of the Police Commissioner here on Friday, a caller complained about unauthorised parking of vehicles outside the KSRTC bus stand that was affecting smooth flow of traffic on the road in Bejai.
Another caller complained of street vendors and other vehicles parked near Roopavani cinema.
While assuring the callers that towing vehicles will be in operation shortly, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Hanumantharaya told reporters that tenders were floated for the second time to seek services of four towing vehicles after the first batch did not generate any response. There were no takers in the first instance citing towing charges were not good enough.
Following the recent revision of rates, the tenders were floated for the second time.
The charge for towing away a two-wheeler was revised from Rs. 650 to Rs. 750, followed by Rs. 1,100 (Rs. 700) for a light motor vehicle and Rs. 1,350 (Rs. 1,250) for a medium-size vehicle.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) Uma Prashant said that one tender has been submitted. “We will shortly finalise it,” Ms. Prashant said and added that the process will be completed soon and these vehicles should become operational in another 20 days.
In answer to a caller on the need for more interaction between the police and citizens, Mr. Hanumantharaya said that the revised beat system, under which a police constable is made in-charge of an area, provided for monthly interaction of the constable with the local residents. “If this is implemented, it will be a good jana samparka sabhe,” he said.
A caller from Mahakalipadu complained that the policemen were not being regularly posted at the railway level crossing to work with local residents to regulate traffic movement.
Another caller asked the police to ensure that all the speed-breakers on the city roads are as per the norms laid down by the Indian Road Congress.
He also expressed the need for a zebra crossing to help pedestrians cross the road near A.B. Shetty Circle.
A caller asked the police to take action against a private bus operating between Deralakatte and Davangere for using high-power head lights.