New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) Emphasising the need for greater traffic discipline among the motorsists as well as the general public, Lt Governor Tejender Khanna today said the state government would stictly deal with those indulging in traffic violation.
Speaking at a function welcoming the induction of army personnel as traffic wardens as a measure to enforce traffic discipline, Mr Khanna admitted that the city had a huge traffic problem that comprised a large number of vehicles running on different speeds.
''There is need for good traffic engineering on the streets of Delhi which takes care of aspects like improving behaviour of road users like drivers and pedestrians and effective enforcement of traffic rules,'' he said.
Noting that the scheme had served a useful purpose, Mr Khanna said plans were afoot to expand the scheme by inducting professionals from the civic society.
''In the coming days, we plan to increase the number of traffic wardens to 5000. In this sense, I would say that we still have a long way to go,'' Mr Khanna said at the function, where Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadhwal, state Transport Minister Haroon Yousuf and Air Marshal J N Verma were present.
Welcoming the move, Ms Dikshit said there was aslo a need to educate each and every citizen on the need for traffic discipline.
''A drive to educate school children, women and parents in traffic discipline is also necessary,'' she said.
Ms Dikshit informed that she and the Transport Minister had worked out a massive campaign to raise traffic awareness among the general public which would be in place soon.
Mr Dadhwal said the solution to the traffic problems of the city lay in bringing about a basic attitude change among the public.
''The key to solving the traffic problems lies in participation of the people in the process,'' Mr Dadhwal said, adding that the police was taking traffic education to schools to inculcate the ideas from a young age,'' he said.