A MONTH after a collision between a mini-truck and a tempo at the Nemawar Road–Bypass junction left seven persons dead and at least 10 injured, the administration has asked the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to provide power to the non-functional signal which was the major reason for the accident.
Though the signal was installed but it was not working as there was no power connection. After the mishap traffic department woke up and wrote to IMC to provide power to the traffic signal. But IMC said the area was outside municipal limit. The IDA said it was not their business, while the PWD said they don’t do such things.
Letters went from one department to another to break the deadlock and finally yesterday in an extended meeting between the mandarins of the IMC including Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma, IMC commissioner Vinod Sharma and traffic department officials, it was finally decided that IMC would ensure that power was given at the traffic signal at Nemawar Road and also to the one at Tejaji Nagar crossing. The work would begin shortly in both these places.
It was also decided that to solve some of the perennial traffic trouble spot in the city – like the Geeta Bhavan crossing where traffic coming from the Navratanbagh area and wanting to go to Manoramaganj invariably goes the wrong way and also the ineffective one-way on the Manikbagh over bridge which is always violated by traffic going from Triveni Colony, Lalbagh, RTO etc towards Khatiwala Tank, Choithram Hospital etc – would be solved by an expert committee.
Also discussed at the meeting was failure of IMC officials to notify the traffic police about parking facility in a building at the incipient stage.
Invariably, only when a building in completed does the IMC ask the builders to get clearance from the traffic department. It has often happened that even if the traffic police objects, the buildings are not demolished.
The IMC officials argued that while sanctioning the plan they ensure there is mandatory parking but during the construction the parking spaces are encroached upon. However, the discussion remained inconclusive.
Another idea floated during the meeting was charging parking fees for every vehicle parked on municipal land – even on roads. The logic was that since all roads belonged to the municipality, parking fees should be charged if they are parked on roads.
The IMC officials said monthly passes would be issued for this purpose, which the vehicle owner would have to keep with him, or else he would be fined. The discussion on this also remained inconclusive.