The CMP authorities claimed that the townspeople hailed the introduction of the female traffic police service in the city.
Primarily, a total of 20 traffic constables have been discharging the challenging task of controlling traffic at eight strategic intersections of the city, including Dampara, Agrabad, New Market, Dewanhat, GEC, Alangkar and Shah Amanat Bridge.
The female constables are performing their duties in two shifts – one is from 7am till 2pm and another is from 2pm till 10pm.
During a recent visit to different intersections, the female traffic constables were seen performing their duties diligently alongside their male colleagues defying the scorching sun.
Moreover, the valiant women were seen helping women-children and elderly commuters to cross busy roads.
This correspondent talked to a number of newly-inducted female traffic police yesterday and they said that they were enjoying the challenging task.
“It is naturally a challenging task to control the heavy traffic. At first, I used to feel shy but now I am comfortable with my job,” said Jobaida Khanom Poli, a traffic constable posted at GEC intersection.
“People are not still familiar with watching a woman performing duties as a traffic police. So, pedestrians and drivers often stare at us with curiosity,” added the female traffic constable.
“Working such long hours out in the scorching sun is not easy task. However, I have found my male colleagues to be very cooperative,” said Rehana Akhter, a traffic constable posted at GEC intersection.
Replying to a query, both female traffic constables said they did not face any gender-based discrimination while performing their duties.
Supriya Deb, a traffic sergeant at GEC intersection, said pedestrians and transport drivers happily complied with directives of women traffic police.
“Sometimes the CNG auto-rickshaw drivers refuse to go by metre. The women commuters feel much comfortable with women traffic police for lodging any complaint,” said the traffic sergeant.
Salma Sultana, a teacher of BAF Shaheen College, Chittagong, said it was really heart-warming to see women managing transport.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Masud-ul-Hasan, CMP additional commissioner (traffic), said they had decided to induct 15 more female traffic police, including an officer as the initiative got positive response from the city people.
However, inadequate washroom facility is a major problem being faced by the female traffic police in the city.
Finding no better option, the women traffic police go to nearby places of their duty stations.
Jobaida Khanom Poli said she along with her other female colleagues were suffering severely in absence of washroom facilities.
“The toilet facilities are inadequate. We have no choice but to go to nearby places whenever we feel the urgency during our eight-hour duty time. The authorities concerned should look into the matter seriously,” said Poli.
“Inadequate washroom facility has turned out to be a matter of anxiety for us. We will be able to perform better if we do not need to worry about it,” said Rehana, echoing with her colleague.
“The washroom facilities are not even adequate for male traffic police. The facilities should be increased for us too,” said Md Fakhruddin Azad, a traffic police sergeant posted at GEC intersection.
Asked for his comment, Masud-ul-Hasan, CMP additional commissioner (traffic), said: “We are considering sincerely with regard to the humanitarian appeal and the washroom facilities will be increased very soon.”