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 observed.

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 junctions.

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.