RAWALPINDI - Like other four big cities of Punjab, the much awaited newly introduced traffic warden system has been launched at last in Rawalpindi and Murree as well, under which some 985 traffic wardens, including 33 women, assumed their duties on the roads, whereas 320 more wardens will take charge in the city soon after completing their training. In this connection an inauguration ceremony of the new traffic system and passing-out parade was held at Police Lines here on Saturday. City Police Officer (CPO) Rao Muhammad Iqbal was the chief guest on the occasion and SSP (Operation) Yaseen Farooq and Chief Traffic Officer Dr Usman Anwar along with other high ups of police were also present in the function. Addressing the function, CPO Rao Iqbal said that new system would help in maintaining smooth traffic flow in the city. He said that traffic wardens would facilitate road users and people would feel positive change on the roads. "The wardens might become a role model for the common man as well as police department by keeping polite attitude with the citizens. The suggestion of people is very important in strengthening the new system", Rao Iqbal added. He said that Rawalpindi traffic police had dual responsibility, to keep moving the flow of traffic in the city and secondly to supervise and escort the VIPs during their movement within the city. He told the gathering that the best facilities are being provided to the traffic wardens and in return people expect a lot from them. They would have to work hard for corruption-free traffic system in Rawalpindi. The CPO also announced to install global positioning system and upgrading wireless apparatus in the traffic police's vehicles. He also gave two floors of the newly constructed building at Police Lines for official and residential accommodation. Rao Iqbal also appreciated the work of old traffic police to keep the traffic moving in the city. Chief Traffic Officer Usman Anwar said that traffic management has become the science in the developed countries but in the under-developed countries like Pakistan no proper heed had been given to this important sector in the past. He said that the wardens have completed the training of Elite Force at Sihala Police Collage as well as practical education from National Highways and Motorways Authority. He said besides police it is the duty of civic bodies to remove encroachments and construct new infrastructure for the traffic. He hoped that traffic wardens would bring good name to the Punjab police. The chief guest also distributed shields among the officials of the traffic police. Later, the newly inducted traffic wardens staged a flag march on different roads of the city under the leadership of Senior Traffic Officer Malik Matloob Ahmed. The people around the roads warmly welcomed them by clapping. With the beginning of new traffic system, 33 women wardens also resumed their duties. In the passing-out parade the contingent of women was led by Afifa Shumail. She told the reporters that now women are participating shoulder to shoulder to men in every walk of life. She said by entering traffic wardens, they found a chance to get recognised their abilities. She showed her commitment to fulfil new task assigned to her honestly.