Motivational Story – This is how Kiran Bedi became “Crane Bedi”


Kiran Bedi is known as first woman IPS officer of India. She is a courageous woman. She was the only woman in a batch of 80 men. Here we are sharing her story as why people started calling her “Crane Bedi”.

In October 1981, Kiran Bedi was made DCP (Traffic). The preparation for the 1982 Asian Games had caused traffic snarls in the city. The construction of 19 sports stadiums and several flyovers had resulted in a number of blockades and diversions. Bedi encouraged coordination between the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking and Delhi Development Authority. She clamped down on errant motorists with a heavy hand.

She replaced challans (traffic tickets) with spot fines. Her team towed improperly parked vehicles using six tow trucks (“cranes”) for traffic control. This earned her the nickname “Crane Bedi”. On 5 August 1982, an Ambassador car (DHI 1817) belonging to Prime Minister Office was towed away by sub-inspector Nirmal Singh, as it was wrongly parked outside the Yusufzai Market at Connaught Place. Singh was fully supported by Bedi and her superior Ashok Tandon.

Moral of the Story: Do your work with utmost dedication. Name and fame will follow.

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