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This Telangana cop tackles traffic violators by making them plant trees

Think Change India
9th Aug 2018
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The move will give a fillip to the Telangana Ku Haritha Haram green cover campaign, which aims to maintain 24 percent green cover in the state.

After combating fake news spreading on WhatsApp in a unique way, Jogulamba Gadwal SP Rema Rajeshwari is in the news again.

Jogulamba Gadwal district in Telangana sees a number of road accidents every year on the national highway. In order to reduce the number of accidents in the state, the IPS officer has come up with an innovative solution. She has instructed the district traffic police to make traffic violators plant a sapling everytime a violation takes place.

This will also give a fillip to the Telangana Ku Haritha Haram green cover campaign, which aims to maintain 24 percent green cover in the state. Rema Rajeshwari told TNM:

“We decided to involve traffic law violators with the thought that if we are to check crime and it spreads, there should be an improvement both in our preventive and remedial efforts.”

A few days ago, NH 44 witnessed a fatal accident, in which a family was involved. To control such accidents, the traffic police are keeping a tight vigil on all traffic law violators – especially those who travel without valid documents and without helmets. Apart from collecting the fine, the cops make them plant a sapling.

“In case of minors, we call their parents, give them counselling and also make them a part of the Haritha Haram programme, that kicked off in the state on July 8,” Rajeshwari says.

The state government has also deployed booths on the highways to keep a vigil on travellers who violate rules. The district police are looking to plant two lakh saplings in all police stations, training facilities, and police office complexes. The police are given a target to involve citizens in the planting activity. For an extended reach, they have also started a social media campaign on their Facebook page called ‘Jogulamba Gadwal District Police’ with the hashtag #GreenCopsOfGadwal.

Thanks to the efforts of the district police, Telangana can now hope for an increased green cover as well as reduced traffic violations.

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