Currently, 10 people recruited from the security firm are regulating traffic from 8 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 8 pm. They stand at traffic-heavy points along the long stretch — at Big Bazaar, Vaidehi Junction, ITPL Junction, Graphite India Junction, High Gate, Hotel Ginger Junction and near Satya Sai Hospital — donning the Whitefield Export Promotion Park Industrial Association (WEPPIA) jackets.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M A Saleem said, “We have been requesting support from private concerns to regulate traffic. This is already being done in areas like Marathahalli and Electronics City. Now, Whitefield also has joined them.”
Elaborating on the problem of staff shortage within the force, Saleem said, “There is a huge demand for traffic personnel to man the many congested areas of Bengaluru. Our staff strength is very low. So this private intervention is a great help.”
The group has also agreed to instal a traffic signal near Vaidehi Junction soon, he added.
Dr K Ravi Babu, president of WEPPIA, said the organisation agreed to this venture as a service to the public. “We started it two months ago. We are paying Force 10 Security Services Rs 1.5 lakh a month.”
The guards were trained by the Whitefield traffic police on traffic regulation before they hit the streets.
“The plan was for WEPPIA to sponsor the whole thing but companies under our banner want to help out more. The concern Makino has just offered to pay the salary of one guard on its own, and another group and Hotel Mariott’s General Manager Nick have volunteered to sponsor uniforms for our wardens,” he said.
The move has left both the police and road users a happy lot. Dr Xivandra Sinai Priolcar, Medical Director of GE, South Asia, is impressed.
He says, “I try to leave office at 5 pm every day so that I can play some cricket with my eight-year-old son, Kaivalya. I live at Prestige Shantiniketan. I used to take between 45 and 60 minutes to reach home earlier, the same time it would take me to walk the distance. But now, it takes me between 10 and 15 minutes.”
Lauding the initiative, Priolcar says, “You can really call them a God-send. They clear all the regular traffic blocks I used to suffer.”
Security Supervisor of the 10-member force K Murugan says, “People are happy and come and appreciate our efforts. We have definitely brought down the number of accidents in the last two months.”
Babu says WEPPIA might continue regulating flow of vehicles on the road for a year. “If we feel it can make a difference, we will continue it. We might even double the number of personnel for this.”