While Chennai traffic police is set to get 50 more recovery vehicles to tow away haphazardly parked vehicles, the force continues to reel under a manpower shortage.
Illegal and obstructive parking has been a perennial problem in the city and is on the rise.
During a special drive conducted by the traffic police recently, a total of 4,000 vehicles were seized and challans issued.
However with 71 old recovery vehicles, 53 for four-wheelers and the remaining for two-wheelers, the traffic police has been finding it hard to remove cars, two-wheelers and autorickshaws quickly. “The hydraulic lifting does not work properly in most of them. In many it is very slow,” said a traffic constable. The police have written to the government seeking 50 more recovery vehicles. “We will be getting them soon and we will use 25 for two-wheelers and 25 for cars,” said a police source.
However, the policemen complained of a shortage of manpower. “We are not getting the helping charges, ₹10 per vehicle, that we give to the youngsters who help tow the vehicles. Hence, in many stations a lone policeman drives the recovery van, puts the clamp on illegally parked vehicles and tows them away,” said an officer.
“We receive a minimum of 10 calls per day pertaining to illegal parking and most of them are from senior citizens,” said an official.