While police have been acting tough against traffic violations, they often go soft on the supporters of the politicians placing flex banners on the pedestrian pathway causing hindrance to the road users in Trichy city.
Flex banners erected for the marriage function of the relative of an AIADMK leader on the Good Shed Bridge remained a classic example of the brazen violation of road rules. The marriage is scheduled for Thursday in the city. Put up on the pedestrian pathway of the bridge, four flex banners force pedestrians to step down to the road from the pavement as they were completely blocking the pathway.
Being a busy road, several pedestrians including the aged widely use the pavement all through the day. S Alagrasamy, a pedestrian, said that pedestrians take the risk of walking on the road on the bridge, which has heavy traffic movement any given time.
“People have no other option. Since politicians are committing the offence, the law enforcers don’t have the guts to take action against them,” said Alagarsamy. The damage caused by politicians while digging holes on the roads to install party flags was also frequent in Trichy. The ruling party men have drilled holes on the bridge for erecting party flags as part of the marriage function.
In case of such violations, the police can take action against the violators under The Tamil Nadu Open Places (prevention and disfigurement) Act. A senior police officer on condition of anonymity lamented about the inability of the policemen in taking action against the erring politicians many times. “If it is a planned program, they also take permission with us. Sometimes, they don’t even get permissions from the city corporation and police for erecting banners. In some cases, they take permission for a few places and put up flex boards and banners indiscriminately,” said the officer.