MC fails to repair broken traffic lights, timers

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2014 10:35 IST

Owing to the lackadaisical attitude of the municipal corporation (MC) authorities, various traffic lights have been crying for repair for the past some time.

Of the total 28 traffic lights across the city, some are broken and some either have non-functioning or no timers, thus causing inconvenience to the commuters.

Despite numerous requests by the residents, the MC has failed to upgrade the traffic lights. The MC had installed timers at some chowks, but those at Bhai Bala Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Durga Mata Mandir chowk are not in working condition at present.

A city resident, Satinder Singh, said, "Roads were widened on Ferozepur Road, but traffic lights have not been installed at many intersections due to which the mishaps occur commonly. It should also repair the timers at various intersections so that the residents could not face any inconvenience. There is no safety on roads and installing timers on all light points is the need of hour."

Even the timing for signals remains the same during night when the volume of traffic on roads is lesser. The volume of traffic fluctuates throughout the day on various city roads, including Ferozepur Road, Sherpur Chowk, Pakhowal Road and others.

Moreover, the traffic lights are not being synchronised, thus leading to traffic snarls. Experts feel that synchronisation of traffic lights will help save fuel as well as time.

Synchronisation of traffic signals is done by calculating the arrival time for a group of vehicles at each intersection travelling at a specified speed, and then the traffic signals are strategically timed to turn green just as the group of vehicles arrive at each intersection.

A city-based traffic expert, Rahul Verma, said, "It seems the MC is unable to synchronise the traffic lights. Even it has not taken any step to repair the broken traffic lights and timers."

"Traffic lights should be adjusted as per volume of traffic. We have requested many times to set the timing of traffic lights as per volume of traffic. If synchornisation is done, fuel can be saved and the commuters will get relief from snarls, which are common on the route from bus stand to Bharat Nagar Chowk and Ferozepur Road."

According to the sources, the MC had recently given contract for maintenance of traffic lights to the same contractors, who had failed to maintain them properly in the past.

Usually some roads witness more traffic during morning hours, while other side of these roads witnesses more traffic during evening hours, as per timings in offices and other workplaces.

It is also pertinent to mention here that MC had floated tenders to install new traffic lights at some intersections on Ferozepur Road, but failed to do so. According to the traffic experts, the MC should also plan to install smart traffic lights, which function with cameras.

MC lights wing execuitive engineer Balwinder Singh admitted that the timers were not functioning properly; adding that required steps would be taken. MC superintending engineer SP Singh was not available for comments.

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