SIALKOT - The traffic police challaned about 6,093 vehicles for violation of traffic rules and collected an amount of Rs2.2 million collectively from the violators during January this month here, as per the official statistics.

The number of challans in Sialkot district jumped up to a great extant during the last month. DSP Traffic Sialkot Mazhar Fareed said that the main cause behind rules' violation was shortage of traffic police personnel in the district. He detailed that there are only 206 police personnel in district of more than 3.4 million population.

According to the official sources, the Sialkot traffic police have one DSP, 6 inspectors, 13 sub-inspectors, 22 assistant sub-inspectors, 16 head constables and 148 constables. However, the posts for six traffic police inspectors, four sub-inspectors, 12 assistant sub-inspectors, 18 head constables and 22 constables are lying vacant as per the approved number of personnel in the district.

Officials of the Sialkot Traffic Police confirmed that more than 0.4 million small and medium vehicles of the different kinds are plying on Sialkot roads. They said that the traffic rules' violation cannot be controlled due to very short number of traffic police personnel.

Because of the situation, hours-long traffic jams have become a routine in Sialkot city, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur and the surrounding areas. The people have urged the government to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, the Sialkot business community had strongly criticised the alleged poor performance of Sialkot traffic police. The business community said that traffic mess in Sialkot speaks volumes for the negligence of Sialkot traffic police as the Sialkot traffic police and Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration were unable to rectify the out-of-order traffic signals.

Talking to the newsmen, students and teachers said that traffic cops pay no heed to regulating jammed traffic on the road. They called for better planning by traffic police to solve the problem. Unlawful parking of students' vans along the Kutchery Road in the morning and at noon also causes hours-long traffic jams in the city.