When stuck in traffic, just tune into FM 88.6
KARACHI: To keep citizens updated on traffic jams and direct them towards alternative routes with the melody of old and new songs being played at intervals, the Sindh traffic police has started FM 88.6 radio station.
If you are unsure about which route to take to make it to your destination on time, just tune into FM 88.6 through your car or cell phone radio. The channel will provide information on alternative routes in case of traffic jams along with entertainment programmes and interviews of experts on issues of safe driving and security and legal matters.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated the channel at Central Police Office on Tuesday, saying it was a good step to regulate traffic in the city. “The station will be helpful in reducing accidents by providing timely information about the traffic situation in the city,” said Shah, adding that the station is good for the public and will serve as a bridge between the public and the police.
“The people usually don’t like going to the police stations, so they can register complaints via the radio channel. It is a good and innovative step and I would like to extend my gratitude to the Sindh IGP and AIG,” he added.
Shah expressed satisfaction over the performance of the police and Rangers during the ongoing targeted operation and termed it beneficial for controlling crimes, including target killings, extortion and kidnaping for ransom. The crime rate has gone down due to the operation but the law enforcers are also trying to control street crime in the city.
“The law enforcement agencies have done their best and left no stone unturned in the operation, no matter who says what.” Talking to The Express Tribune, Sindh traffic police additional deputy inspector general Syed Qamar Rizvi said that they will listen to the queries and complaints during live calls and give prompt response from the respective departments.
“Our experts will educate our listeners on how to drive safely, secure their houses and also offer health-related tips,” said Rizvi. adding that the radio signals reach every part of the city. Naseemuddin Khan, a retired senior producer of a Pakistan Television channel, is the team leader of the radio, while Rizvi is the focal person.
Traffic police assistant sub-inspector Ghaniur Rehman Anjum said the transmission of FM 88.6 starts from 7am to 11pm regularly to give traffic updates.