How do you bring a little spice into the mundane? Do you have interesting ways to make your job seem less boring than usual? Can you make your role fun, and more importantly impactful at the same time?
Well, this traffic cop from Bhubaneswar sure has things figured out.
Commuters in the temple city are greeted by the unusual sight of Pratap Chandra Khandwal, a traffic cop who has, over four years, seemingly added some flair to his usual traffic-directing moves.
The job of a traffic policeman in India is particularly difficult. For one, we have far from ideal traffic conditions, and extremely crowded roads. It rests on the shoulders of the traffic police brass, to ensure that smooth vehicular movement happens, no matter what. Add to that, Bhubaneswar is hot and humid round the year.
Well, Pratap clearly loves his job, and what’s more, has decided to use his moves on duty, to create awareness and prevent road accidents. The 33-year old can be seen striking dance pose and executing swift moves to control traffic at busy intersections. His unusual routine sometimes even gathers the odd audience.
Pratap told the Hindustan Times that he likes conveying a message through his dance moves. He observed that earlier people wouldn’t observe the traffic rules, but his style began to attract the citizens who became law-abiding.
Pratap isn’t the only cop who has put on his dancing shoes in favour of road safety. Indore’s Ranjeet, another traffic cop, has been in the news for his unique moonwalk. A self-proclaimed Michael Jackson fan, he does the moonwalk step to halt traffic and has been doing so for more than a decade. Initially, people were surprised, but gradually, they took to it, making Ranjeet immensely popular.
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While it is great that traffic cops like Bhubaneswar’s Pratap and Indore’s Ranjeet are taking innovative steps to ensure that commuters like us follow traffic rules, it will ultimately need an overhaul in the Indian driving mentality for our roads to be safe.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)