The city's traffic lights at all busy and accident-prone intersections will remain functional 24x7, even after traffic police go off roads, sources said.
After being directed by police chief Neeraj Kumar, as many as 174 signals have been tuned to stay in operational mode (red-yellow-green cycle) all the time since Saturday, said sources. A total of 780 traffic signals are installed across the city.
These are the signals situated in busy areas, such as all national and state highways, Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, IP Extension, A Point, W Point, Moti Bagh, Ashram Chowk, Nizamuddin, Raj Ghat, Rajouri Garden and Laxmi Nagar, among others.
The chief of police feels that if the signals turn to the blinker mode on busy and accident prone intersections, the chances of accidents go up significantly.
"However, 606 signals at the less congested and inner roads will stay on blinker mode during night hours between 11pm and 6am," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
"Over the last few days, we have undertaken a thorough exercise to identify spots where signals need to be in three-cycle mode. The new signal operating mode was fixed on Saturday," he added.
Traffic police also are planning to man signals operating 24X7 so that violators can be prosecuted, said a source.
"We are going to use our quick response teams to act as mobile patrol teams. They will be mobile on roads and keep eyes on traffic movement during late hours. In case of accidents and breakdowns, they will call the PCR and act accordingly," said Sudhir Yadav, special commissioner of police (traffic).