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Erratic power takes the glow out of traffic signals, triggers trauma

The acute power shortage in the city has not just plunged the high-rises into darkness. The traffic lights have stopped blinking too, creating a nightmare for residents and pandemonium on roads.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2012 01:44 IST
Divya Sethi

The acute power shortage in the city has not just plunged the high-rises into darkness. The traffic lights have stopped blinking too, creating a nightmare for residents and pandemonium on roads.

When contacted, the traffic police department passed the buck to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) while the authority had just assurances to offer. With several parts of the city facing 8-10 hours of power cuts since four days, commuting on roads is the worst casualty.

There’s danger lurking at every signal as vehicles try to rush pass in a jiffy. With limited manpower, the traffic police department is just helplessly trying to manage traffic at critical stretches.

“Even if you drive at the speed of 10 kmph, you don’t know who might hit you from behind or who might take a dangerous turn in the absence of traffic lights and cops,” rued Pranjal Jain, a resident.

From the last many years, residents have been getting assurances that traffic lights would get 24-hour power backup. But so far, nothing has been done in that direction.

“The department keeps installing new traffic lights, but they are least bothered about the maintenance of existing ones. Time and again we have been told that power backup would be provided to traffic lights, but nothing has been done so far,” said Abhishek Kashyap, another resident.

Huda executive engineer (electrical) Arun Dhankar said, “Earlier, we were planning to install batteries, but people started stealing them. Each battery costs R10,500, we can’t afford to bear such losses.”

“We have got power backup for traffic lights at Galleria Market and Golf Course road. We are in talks with companies and hotels if they could take charge of nearby traffic lights,” he added.