Traffic woes in Mumbai: HC summons top cops
Mumbai: Looking at the appalling traffic
situation and violation of traffic rules, the Bombay High
Court on Tuesday summoned the Commissioner of Police Arup Patnaik
and Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Vivesk Phansalkar
to court on August 22.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice
Rekha Sondur-Baldota was hearing a public interest litigation
filed by Bombay Bar Association seeking implementation of
traffic rules in the city.
"In Hookah matter also, rules were not being implemented.
We called the CP once and now everything is in order. Even
here I think we will have to call him (CP)," the chief justice
Government pleader DN Nalavade submitted an affidavit
stating that 25 sub-committees in each ward of the city have
been formed to monitor traffic at micro level.
He also informed the court that the government would be
acquiring more CCTVs for better monitoring of traffic at major
Suggesting for the traffic department to first focus on
a single area and enforce the rules and then move to other
areas gradually, Justice Baldota said, "Formation of
sub-committees is fine but the implementation has to be done
by traffic police only."
The court has now summoned Patnaik and Phansalkar for
the next hearing of the petition where the duo would need some
explaining to do.