Students man traffic on New Year's eve

Even as the men in khaki were busy manning New Year eve revellers, some students from two colleges in the city chipped in to regulate the burgeoning traffic

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Students of GIMDS and NIE, involved in Rotary Club of Mysore activities, acted as traffic regulators — braving the odds, as volunteers, at prominent places like JLB Road, D Devaraj Urs Road, Metropole Circle, Ramaswamy Circle, etc.

While the girl students were involved in the task during the day, boys volunteered for night hours, to supplement the policemen. They were trained by Head Constable M G Ramesh.

Most of the passersby, especially vehicle users, did not take the volunteers seriously, initially. Some students were surprised to see their friends doing the arduous task. Finally the volunteers succeeded in making the road users understand that they are really on the job for the day.

Ksheera, a final year BCom student from GIMDS, told Deccan Herald: “It helped me understand the plight of policemen on duty. It is really difficult to make all people abide by traffic rules. Only a few people follow the rules and end up in accidents, while the violators get away”.

Raksha, also from the same college, described it as a learning experience and vowed to follow rules in toto in future. What irked her was the unruly mobike riders, who didn’t care to make way for an ambulance.

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