13 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: The transgender community of the State showed solidarity with the Commissionerate Police and attempted to create traffic awareness here at the City’s AG Square on Friday.
Led by TG Surakhya Trust, transgenders from several districts of Odisha came together to create awareness regarding the new Motor Vehicle Act (2019) and road safety rules in general. This unique programme will continue for the next four days.
Speaking to media persons, Sweet Sahoo said, “The number of accidents are on a rise due to lack of traffic awareness. I request every one to take the higher moral ground for the sake of the society and kindly follow the rules. If we keep ourselves safe, then only we can keep our family safe.”
“There are plans still in pipeline of transgenders joining the Traffic Volunteer programme. We will be more than happy to help.”
Another transgender Menaka Parida also spoke on the need for traffic awareness. She said, “My community members from across several districts have come together to change people’s perception of road safety rules. And we are happy to be able to contribute. If citizens of Capital change, the change will gradually reach even the remote corners of the State. Once everyone is aware and follow the rules, then there won’t be the need to levy the heavy fines.”
The new Motor Vehicle Act (2019) was implemented across India from September 1. There have been multiple reports of huge fines being levied on people caught flouting rules. There was an atmosphere of dissent due to heavy fine amount and then there was a violent public-Police clash in Bhubaneswar on September 7.
Odisha CM later on September 9 announced a three-month relaxation on traffic enforcement. During this time period, people can obtain all the necessary documents. Since then the Commissionerate Police has been organizing numerous traffic awareness drives in the twin cities to guide denizens through road traffic rules.