Traffic cop in Chennai suburb tells about his job

By Balamurugan Selvaraj Published on May 30, 2018 10:56 AM IST

Chennai: Life is not a bed of roses for many, especially for those who lead an arduous life. It is a combination of thorns and petals alike.

News Today caught up with G K Manavaalan, a traffic inspector and resident of Keelkattalai in the city suburb. He governs the flow of traffic at localities like Palavanthangal, Echangadu Junction, Adambakkam, Madipakkam and Pallikaranai.

Tell us about your daily routine

I start my work at 7.30 am by regulating traffic at Echangadu junction, Madipakkam, Perumbakkam and Pallikarani. By 11 am my supervision ends. But I have to be present at my alloted spot to govern VIP passings. Sometimes I barely have time to eat.

How do you beat the heat?

To keep us energised at all times, our Additional Commissioner, Arun, has come up with various suggestions. He has ordered the distribution of pithette caps, installed ‘Thanneer Panthals’ at important junctions and provide more regularly.

What are the difficulties that a cop faces at work?

Dealing with violators is tough. They break rules and justify their action in a rude manner. Sometimes they utter bad words too.

A traffic cop was recently stabbed at Velacheri by a motorist. What do you make of that?

The incident was an accident. When our man caught the motorist for violating traffic norms, he overreacted and attacked the officer. If people follow the rules and see us as their friends, there won’t be such problems.

What are the reasons that cause traffic-snarls?

Lack of awareness about traffic rules and regulations, careless attitude and indiscipline are the reasons.

With all this work, how do you find time to be with your family?

I miss my family a lot. But, I am in touch with them at all times. Unlike others, people in the police department miss their family a lot. We are never present for functions, celebrate festivals. But we are happy, since we put our service above family.

Finally, what would you like to say to the public?

Wear helmet and drive safe. Avoid speaking on phones when you are driving. Remember life is precious.