PESHAWAR: The second phase of the traffic warden service will kick off on GT Road, Dalazak Road and Charsadda Road in the city after Eidul Fitr. Speaking to The Express Tribune on Friday, DSP Traffic Asghar Marwat said 74 wardens will be deployed during this stage.
Vehicles and other equipment are currently being arranged for the initiative. Marwat said City and Cantt would be included in the third phase of the service.
“This service is aimed at serving the people of the city,” he said. “Peshawar will be equipped with an ambulance to shift people to hospitals in the event of a road accident.”
Marwat added traffic wardens will be paid a share of the challans as well.
“After the introduction of this new warden service on University Road, we have stopped issuing challans,” he said. “An awareness campaign has been launched instead. This resulted in substantial losses for the traffic police which used to collect Rs10 million in fines every month.”
According to Marwat, a proposal has been finalised regarding salary packages and other benefits for traffic wardens and has been sent to the provincial government
“Once it has been approved, the salaries of wardens are likely to exceed those of motorway police officers,” he said. “The salary of a motorway police inspector is Rs65,000 while the salary of an inspector in the Traffic Warden Service will be Rs68,000 under the new proposal.”
Marwat said traffic wardens will be paid an allowance which amounts to 50% of their salary in addition to a patrolling allowance of Rs5,000.
“Since motorway police personnel are given Rs12,000 for house rent, we have suggested that traffic wardens should be given a minimum of Rs10,000,”
Marwat said providing officials with a respectable salary package will prevent corruption.
In January, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police announced its plans to revamp the traffic management system in the city by introducing a new traffic warden service. The first phase began in March. Earlier this month, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak inaugurated the first-of-its-kind traffic warden service in Peshawar.
The new system included a mobile traffic workshop unit, an accident recovery unit and an awareness unit. Moreover, the manual system of issuing challans was replaced by an automated one.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2015.
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