New Delhi: In the wake of transport issues, chaotic road discipline and increasing air pollution, the Delhi High Court on Thursday gave directions and suggestions like on-the-spot challans and use of helicopters in times of emergencies.
One of the directions given by a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva was to the traffic police which was directed to publicise the increase in fine, to Rs 1000, for driving on the wrong carriageway or wrong side of the road as well as to carry out on-the-spot challaning for such violations.
The bench directed the police to be more vigilant, instead of continuing to hide behind trees.
The court also sought the Delhi government and Centre's response on whether helicopters can be inducted to not only manage the traffic but to also airlift those in medical emergencies to the nearest hospital.
It directed the traffic police to prepare a presentation, to be placed before the court, indicating how the traffic situation was being monitored from the control room.
It said this would help the court in understanding what steps are being taken by the traffic police to alleviate the misery of the public and manage traffic.
Traffic police, meanwhile, told the court that in the last two months it has issued challans to over 41,000 vehicles which were found travelling on wrong carriageway and that it has publicised the increase in fine for the violation by putting up signboards at various locations in the city.
On the issue of conservation of forests, the Delhi government on Thursday placed before the court a study carried out by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) which has said that old forests and trees need to be protected to curb global warming as these trees store a lot of carbon in their roots.