Bengaluru: Bangalore City Traffic Police have yet again decided to step up to the situation and have started putting in their bit to make things a little easier for citizens on the move during rainy days.

44 special teams have been formed across the city to help ease the flow of traffic whenever any rain-related issue may present itself. These teams have been asked to form WhatsApp groups with officials of civic bodies like Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB),  Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP),as well as the Forest Department. They have also been asked to collaborate with members of the State Disaster Management cell for a better control over the situation.

These teams will be well stocked with equipment such as buckets, ropes, choppers, motorized saws and heavy-duty flashlights to handle flooding situations or while clearing trees which would have fallen due to rain.

P Harishekaran, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said that traffic police personnel have also been asked to purchase motors to pump out water, which would help improve the traffic conditions in flooded areas.

Special teams were formed on Wednesday at each police level, at a meeting summoned by Harishekaran.

Measures have been taken to control flooding in flood-prone areas which were identified earlier. These areas include parts of the Central Business District (CBD), Mysuru Road, Nagawara Road and Silk Board junction.

Earlier this month, the city’s traffic cops made headlines when they set out to fix as many as 140 potholes and 15 waterlogged areas spread throughout the city in areas like RT Nagar, Manyata Tech Park, Hebbal flyover, KR Puram, Sahakarnagar, Neelasandra and more. The cops took up this initiative to help clear waterlogged areas which led to heavy traffic jams in these areas.