New Delhi: The government will deploy teams of ex-servicemen for patrolling, identifying deficiencies, check illegal encroachment, assist road accident victims and rush them to hospitals for immediate care. To begin with, about 30,000 km of national highways under NHAI would be covered and one team equipped with a four-wheeler and a two-wheeler would be deployed for a 60 km stretch.

Though for long the government departments have been discussing about a Highway Patrol Force, till now there has been hardly any progress. The government depending on private operators to have their patrolling team has not yielded the desired results.

The scheme which is being prepared proposes to deploy ex-servicemen from nearby localities. While they will have no punitive power, government expects their presence will bring some discipline on the highways and improve free flow of traffic. The four-wheelers attached to each team will double up as a basic ambulance and the persons will be trained in basic para-medic assistance to provide immediate help to accident victims.

Road transport ministry officials said they will also be trained how to rescue the victims using tools and they will be equipped with body wearable cameras to capture any incidence or illegal activity. “The vehicles will be fitted with GPS for tracking,” a source said.

Lack of patrolling in highways has been one of the main reasons of illegal parking of vehicles on road resulting in accidents and heinous crimes as well.

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