A road safety project

Deputy Commissioner of Police D Shanmuga Priya interacts with a road user on safety rules.

Rotary Club of Chennai Bharati, D 3232, always known for its uniqueness, once again exhibited its spirit to serve the community, collaborating with 12 other clubs in Chennai, to carry out a road safety project. Chennai Traffic Police teamed up with Rotary in this mega public image exercise to raise awareness on road safety.

The other clubs which participated with RC Chennai Bharati were Rotary Clubs of Chennai Galaxy, Chennai ­Sunrise, Madras North, Adyar, Madras Silver Beach, Madras Golden City, Madras Industrial City, Chennai Coastal, Chennai Gemini, Madras Besant Nagar, MCC and Chennai Chola. Members from these clubs took up positions at 11 points across North Chennai which is ­notorious for its traffic congestion and chaos.

This joint effort on road safety got tremendous support from the dynamic woman police officer, DCP D ­Shanmuga Priya, who readily accepted this proposal at the very first meeting and offered the police department’s cooperation on the roads at all points.

Knowing the power of the student community, the organisers had trained volunteers from the Road Safety Patrol (RSP) and 25 RSP volunteers were posted at each of the designated points, along with police officers and wardens.

Generous contributions from Rotarians and elaborate planning by RC Chennai Bharati President  Suguna Devi Muthuvel, Secretary  Shruti Nair Reddy, Club Service Director Nishrin Madraswala, Public Image Director Jayashree Kidambi, along with the “Trendsetting” Presidents Anshul Agarwal (Chennai Galaxy), Metilda Vijaykumar (Sunrise), Anita David (North),  Boopathy (Adyar),  Ethiraj (Silver Beach), Ravi Chakravarthy (Chennai Gemini), Arokiaraj (Golden City), Balaji (Industrial City), Anand (Coastal), Aroonkumar (Besant Nagar),  Latha (MCC), Babu (Chola) and District Chairman Ranjith, helped in the smooth progress of the project.

Later a meeting was held at the auditorium of St Mary’s High School where D 3232 DG R Srinivasan, students and staff of RSP participated. Seven traffic policemen, identified by DCP North, as well as the DCP herself, and one student chosen from every point, were honoured.

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