Hyderabad Police Clears Traffic in Real Time, Wins Internet’s Love

Hyderabad traffic police rose to the occasion when heavy rains lashed the city, uprooting trees and electric poles.

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Traffic snarls, flooded streets, and uprooted trees are a given every time Hyderabad witnesses a downpour. But for the staff of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and the traffic police, it’s often a thankless job - going to the extra mile to ease traffic by opening sewer lids to drain rainwater, clearing trees etc.

On Thursday, the Hyderabad traffic police rose to the occasion when heavy rains lashed the city, uprooting trees, electric poles, and resulting in water stagnation.

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Posted by Ch Sushil Rao on Thursday, May 3, 2018

The department also shared photos of the work done by them to clear the traffic on social media with #HYDTPweCareForU, which earned them appreciation from netizens.

Appreciating the efforts, one twitter user, Praveen, wrote, “You guys are always there for us. Very proud of you. Our municipality employees should learn from you.”

“My sincere appreciations to all the officers and cops who spontaneously acted and took great care. Thanks once again. My salute to you Sirs. (sic), wrote another user, Vikrantt Mohan.

“Hyderabad Police is always at its best. Great Job sir(s).”

Speaking to The News Minute, Additional Commissioner of Hyderabad Traffic police, Anil Kumar said, “It is our duty to clear the traffic and ensure that the motorists don’t suffer. So we don’t wait for other departments like the GHMC to send their teams. Before the crisis escalates we try to decongest the roads. If there is a likelihood that it may rain, we alert all the officials to equip themselves to tackle the crisis.”

On being asked why the traffic police are instructed to do jobs which the staff of GHMC has to do, he said, “Ultimately, it is our job to make way for motorists. So we do not wait for rescue operations to be carried out by other departments.”

On Thursday, 4 May hailstorms were witnessed in few areas like Secunderabad, Musheerabad etc. According to the GHMC, Uppal recorded the highest rainfall of 43.5 mm, followed by Bandlaguda at 43 mm.

The lowest rainfall was recorded in Nampally with 22 mm. The Indian Meteorology Department has also issued a weather warning of thunderstorm across the state for the next two days.

(This has been republished in an arrangement with The News Minute)

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