Volunteering traffic managers

Its been said (i forget where though) that the best system is where the governing and the governed come together and work for a common cause, in the case of city management, the betterment of the citizens at large. Some parts of the CDGK seem to look at the examples set forth by CPLC and DHA for having volunteer (and paid personnel) for ensuring a smooth flow of traffic in their respective areas.

The Town Nazim for Gulshan has assigned volunteers to traffic police at various round-abouts. roads and signals for ensuring smooth flow of traffic. I dont know whether the effort has been succesful or not, but the idea sounds pretty good. The first couple of questions which pop up are, where do you volunteer? who manages the volunteering staff? Are there any non-monetary compensations for it.. a certificate maybe?

Anyone has on-the-ground reports of how it went?

Credit: Farrukh

10 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    Seems like a very good idea.
    During ramadaan in central Karachi traffic volunteers are seen & control of traffic flow was good.

  2. Murtaza (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 10:06 am

    It’s common practice in other countries, maybe if respectable people started volunteering, people will start respecting the traffic police and vice versa. I’ve seen old people managing parking and school crossings here in the states, and even though big events like convocations and football games are chaotic, volunteers make a huge difference and without them it would be impossible to manage the huge crowds. There is no reason why a similar system would not work in Pakistan, especially in karachi.
    A simple debriefing before shifts and some documentation/record of volunteers should be enough to get it started.

  3. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

    @ Topic – Volunteers for Traffic Management

    A simple excercise of managing traffic through volunteers and elevating public awareness level of Traffic abidence was implemented with the help of volunteers in 1997 ~ 1998 at the Jinnah terminal (Karachi Airport). A schedule notification was passed by the Then Governer of SINDH for 90 days (later extended to 18 months by notifications) allowing the DIG Traffic Malik Iqbal, later Saleem Wahidi and then Saud Mirza, to seek help from civilians ready to do volunteer work. Those few individuals came from educated background with sound financial standing. They were assigned the term Traffic Marshal whose duty was to ansure that traffic policeman are not harrased, nor bribed neither cornered area specfic from Star gate to Jinnah terminal parking etc areas.

    during 18 months of such volunteer excercise, those marshalls parallely helped policeman with their basic genuine greivences of – SOKHA duty time (no water to drink, no food to eat, no time to take a leak or SHIT) with no redundancy plan in case of “intezam” duty.

    those marshalls were strong enough conversant with the law and their rights and versed / learned with the Traffic Codes that KHI Corps HQ, ISI, MI Karachi Detachment, Airforce, Navy all these “SUPER LORDS” kneeled down and supported the whole project.

    The Taxi Mafia, the wagon mafia, beggers, con artists, every one was taken to Task.

    The most strongly connected SHO at that time of Airport police station Muneer Khoro was taken to task on report of Marshall and he is unable to get assignment in that district of SINDH police till date. He is now DSP most keen to get back wirther to Kemari / Docks or Aiport PS but his ACR file have a A-4 paper signed by 2 civilian of great respect for SINDH Police Establishment division., and he is declined posting 2 those lucrative places.

    Whatever has happened in those 18 months, need a 200 pagesbook, much of that work is quietly reflected till date. Some tasks are reversed for the vested interest of CAA lower cadre staff but can be termed as Opted Dilemma.

    There are radio cabs, the yellow cabs line which cannot be jumped, there are no motorcycles parked between cars, and there are less number of beggers around. All the lanes are marked with alphabets to locate your car, both the doors of parking entry are operational in peak hours.

    VIP cars have seperate lane and they are monitored,.

    Bottom line, Traffic police need help from ALL of us, and the 1st step in doing so is to control our tempers when dealing with a Traffic COP.

    Trust me, with controlled temper and due respect for the traffic cop, we can manage Traffic cops and help them manage traffic well.

    Motorcyclist – are the worst enemy of Traffic civilization, next comes motor rickshaw.

    Stop by close to a traffic cop, give him a glass of water or juice stay around 2 minutes and ask him with smile – Saheb, aap batayian aap ko sab sai zeyada problem kin logiun sai hoti hai 99% will tell you – sari badtamezeee aur traffic ka satyanass yeah motorcycle walay kartay hain……. Guys TEST IT, you will be shocked.

  4. Raja Islam (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    I talked to a volunteer they are getting around 4K from Local government.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

    jamash: Motorcyclist – are the worst enemy of Traffic civilization, next comes motor rickshaw. jamash: Motorcyclist – are the worst enemy of Traffic civilization, next comes motor rickshaw.

  6. suhail (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

    I went to isloo first time after the new model police has started working, i am sure you will be happy to see the results, i could not see even a single motorcycle driver without a helmet. or behaving badly…
    i have heard the same model of police is going to be used in Lahore soon. If you want to see action, just have a walk on isloo roads, u will see police chasing their prey very often. and last but not the least, be careful even yourself :), they are just too strict about overspeeding.

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    @ Traffic Volunters in Ramzan

    At least someone had worked and got paid for it, be it Temporary. Let it continue to be as long as they are a HELP to manage not partners in crime with the COPs.

  8. Kashif (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 12:39 am

    Traffic situation was totally chaotic on the eid days. I have experienced closed signals, missing tullas and insanse drivers for last couple of days. Yesterday I got stuck in unnecessary jam in gulshan for 25 mins and got rescued when a vip came with 2 mobile full of commanods.

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    suhail: the difference is crystal clear!! :D

    jamal: true! let them not be partners in crime!

    kashif: lucky u got out in time! Vip’s do have their benefits at times no? :)

  10. Kashif (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    oh and i am sure these voulnteers belong to the ruling party, apnay logo ko dhanday say laga diya hoga

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