Puducherry: Succumbing to pressure from different quarters, Puducherry government constituted a three-member committee to ascertain the pulse of the public and political parties on making helmet compulsory.
The committee would be headed by transport secretary Arul L Desai with Senior Superintendent of Police Rajiv Ranjan and Transport Commissioner S.D. Surendran being other members.
Apart from looking into the representations made by political parties and other sections demanding withdrawal of helmet rule, the committee would also collect the views of public on the rule, said Chief Minister V Narayanasamy here on Wednesday.
Talking to newspersons here after attending an emergency meeting of the Road Safety Council Narayanasamy said police have been advised not to harass the public on use of helmet till the committee submit the report in a week's time.
As many as 3,000 persons who were riding two-wheelers without using helmets were imposed a fine of Rs 100 each in three days, he said.
Many states had introduced compulsory helmet and the central government also introduced an act in which a fine of Rs 1,000 would be imposed on two-wheeler riders without helmet. The meeting was attended by PWD minister MOHF Shajahan, Chief Secretary Manoj Parida and other senior officials
The government was facing severe criticism from different political parties on making helmet compulsory within the town limit. Volunteers of AIADMK put up a road blockade here on Wednesday demanding modification to the rule on mandatory wearing of helmets by two wheeler riders in the union territory.
Volunteers of the AIADMK(Amma) led by A Anbazhagan, MLA broke helmets near the Anna statue here demanding the immediate withdrawal of the order. Helmet wearing should be compulsory only for vehicle riders on highways and arterial roads, they said. The police intervened and arrested the AIADMK volunteers....