Is the stiff penalty for games lane violation justified ?


Samir Sachdeva | September 29, 2010

Delhi now has dedicated lanes on almost all routes to the Games village and venues - and these are shut to the general traffic from September 20 to October 16.

Not only are these lanes no-go zones for the public, anyone found entering these lanes will get exemplary punishment - under a zero-tolerance policy the Delhi Police has adopted. A criminal case will be registered against violators of CWG lanes under section 144 of criminal procedure code, says a Times of India news report. The traffic department has already advertised that violators will either be fined Rs 2000 or receive a one month jail sentence in such cases.

But Delhites are already being subjected to punishingly long times on the roads - amidst fumes and honks. The decision to ease traffic for atheletes and dignitaries has come as a harassment for the ordinary Delhite - riding a cycle, a bike or in a car or on a bus. While having to thus pay for electing far-from-astute policy-makers, exemplary punishment for such a minor violation comes as the straw that broke the camel's back.

Even in cases of accident-related deaths, the Delhi police has powers to grant bail to the accused but stepping into the CWG lane has been made a non-compoundable wherein the matter has to be brought before the court.  So, causing a delay to dignitaries/athelete is being treated as an offence more grave than causing an injury/death to a citizen.

Also, the prohibition of 1,600 Blueline buses in 132 routes has lead to more traffic-related problems for Delhites. The commuters in Delhi metro have increased many folds and it is also facing snags and delays because of overcrowding.  Schools have also been closed from 1st Oct till games in the city to ensure that the traffic on roads of school buses do not add to the problem. 

There are curbs on roads near the venues of the games which have further added to the traffic chaos.

In the face of all this, is the punishment for CWG lane violation justified?




Other News

Taming turbulence in Indian aviation

The booming Indian aviation industry, among the fastest growing sectors in the world, is projected to be valued at $40 billion by 2027. But, despite robust demand for air travel across the country, more than 50 airlines have closed down in the last decade in India and most private airlines have closed with

PM Modi leaves for G7 Summit in Italy

In his first foreign visit after taking oath of office for the third time, prime minister Narendra Modi Thursday evening left for Italy to participate in the G7 Outreach Summit. “At the invitation of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, I am travelling to Apulia region in Italy to participat

Some market talk, some gossip – learnings over tea at RBI

A Fly on the RBI Wall: An Insider’s View of the Central Bank By Alpana Killawala Rupa Publications, 248 pages, Rs 595  

Coalition politics not expected to impact India’s foreign policy

Prime minister Narendra Modi has strived incessantly to bring laurels and much needed recognition for the nation since May 2014 when he was sworn in as the head of state. The poser which can be deliberated upon is this: What will be the consequential impact of the new era of coalition politics which confro

New govt`s first decision pushes for farmer welfare

The BJP-led NDA government has started its term with its first decision relating to farmer welfare. Narendra Modi took charge of office as prime minister of India for the third time on Monday, a day after he and his colleagues were sworn in by the president of India. In his fi

Narendra Modi takes oath for third term

Narendra Modi made history Sunday evening as he was sworn in by president Droupadi Murmu for a third successive term. Modi thus becomes the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to have comptered two full terms and beginning a third consecutive term. In the swearing-in c

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Current Issue


Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter