VIJAYAWADA: In an attempt to ensure free flow of traffic in Vijayawada, which has become a gargantuan problem, the city police have issued a stern warning to the vehicle users that stringent action will be taken against them if they park their vehicles in the bus bays meant for AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses.
Vijayawada Police commissioner AB Venkateswara Rao, while reviewing the traffic in the city and increasing crimes on the long distance buses, said that already the crackdown on vehicle owners who park their vehicles in bus bays had started and this would continue in the future too.
The commissioner, who conducted an Open House on last Saturday, used the inputs received on the occasion to suggest ways to the APSRTC to help streamline traffic and bring down crime rate on the buses.
Rao also said that the police would conduct a joint survey along with the officials of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) to identify bus bays that were causing inconvenience to the people and shift them to such places where passengers found them convenient and not cause any problem to vehicle users.
Referring to the issue of increasing crime rates on buses, the commissioner suggested that CCTV cameras be installed on the buses. The drivers also should be sensitised to alert police if they spotted any passenger rousing suspicion.
The commissioner asked the APSRTC to take measures to bring down pollution levels caused by some of its buses. The APSRTC officials assured him that they would take steps to ensure that the buses did not pollute the atmosphere. They said that they had already identified 10 such buses and action was being taken.
As regards pre-paid auto stand at Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS), the police commissioner said that the APSRTC officials had told him that it would be further expanded so that it would be of more help to the passengers.