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Faizan Haider, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 17, 2013
In an effort to pay tributes to the city’s glorious past, the police are modelling traffic islands on historical structures in the Capital.    In front of the Red Fort, a traffic island modelled on the landmark has been installed. Similarly, a traffic island patterned on India Gate has been placed close to the monument.

“Apart from giving a feel of Delhi’s history, these structures will provide comfortable space for the policemen manning traffic at junctions,” Sudhir Yadav, special commissioner of police (traffic), said.

Motorists have praised the traffic islands designed by a College of Arts faculty member, an officer said.

The structures, which are made of fibre, have space for the policeman to be seated and yet monitor the traffic.

“The older traffic islands are in a bad shape. Besides, the policemen have to stand in the hot summer sun and in rain to control the traffic. The newer structures allow them to sit and control the traffic,” a traffic police officer said.

The police’s traffic training park on central Delhi's Baba Kharak Singh Marg is also being redesigned with important landmarks of the Capital, such as the Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, New Delhi Railway Station, some Metro stations and bus stops.

The park will have traffic signals and traffic policemen to man the intersections. The park will be an ideal place where motorists can test their driving skills in real-time situations, understand traffic rules, test their skills on road dynamics and negotiate traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists.

Besides, there will be several driving simulators and computer games on traffic-related issues for the visitors.