A tourist, Major Pritam Singh alias Peter came to India from Sweden and found that notwithstanding the beauty in India, the traffic was terrible and it was very dangerous to survive in India! So, he took to managing the traffic in Jalandhar. He has no official mandate but he is there in his full attire and earnestness to manage what is by all accounts an unruly traffic!! Here is a video that amply illustrates that for the uninitiated!
Disturbed by the traffic chaos in the city, Sweden-based Mr Pritam Singh took over the duties of a traffic policeman to discipline motorists and passersby near the busy BMC Chowk on Thursday.
Dressed in a black shirt, trousers, with florescent green jacket, Mr Pritam Singh, alias Peter, stood on duty with the traffic cops on the road leading to Kamal Palace from the chowk. Annoyed at vehicles were coming from the wrong side for a short cut to reach the BMC Chowk, despite the said road being declared a one-way route, he stood guiding drivers to the earmarked traffic rules.
Vehicles from the wrong side were asked to move to the GT Road past a small island to get to the BMC Chowk. The traffic cops too had been doing the same and he said he was adding onto their manpower and trying to be strict in implementation.
But, not all was simple. There were many who did not like the idea, were unruly and tried to run him over. Shocked, but not undeterred, he continued. His efforts were somehow not to the liking of the policemen who allowed their acquaintances to move on along the wrong side too.
One of the policemen laughed, “Let him do the job and feel satisfied. He will soon be put off.” Another one called him “mad”.
Peter was so busy managing the traffic that he hardly had time to talk to curious onlookers who gathered around the place to see what was he up to. In a brief conversation, he said he was here with his friends running a car accessory shop at the chowk.
He was not managing the traffic for the first time. “I have done that a number of times in Sweden and the UK. I wish to bring in some of their ideas of traffic regulation here and give them some that I pick from here”, he laughed.
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