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Red light for pedestrians here, always

Traffic signal on stretch outside zoo is a signal-free stretch for vehicles moving straight, causing problems for walkers, reports Nivedita Khandekar.
Hindustan Times | By Nivedita Khandekar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2008 01:01 AM IST

The half-kilometer stretch between Bhairon Marg-Mathura Road T-junction to Subramanian Bharti Marg-Mathura Road T-junction is a signal-free stretch for vehicles moving straight. This, however, has become a cause for worry for pedestrians. The trouble is acute because of the sheer number of pedestrians wanting to cross the road here.

The Delhi Zoo sees visitors round the year and especially during holidays and weekends. This June, it recorded more than 2.5 lakh footfalls and Sundays saw an average of 20,000 visitors. Then there is Purana Qila. The lake on the premises draws a huge crowd. And last but not the least, there is a steady rush of devotees at the Matka Peer Dargah on Thursdays and at Bhairon Mandir on weekends.

“After visiting the zoo, we want to spend some time by the lake. Then, we will cross over to the other side to board a bus going towards ITO,” said Arvind Kumar, a resident of Karol Bagh. Arvind, with a family of five in tow, said they would jump the divider to cross the road. The signal at the T-point does not have any provision for pedestrians. There are also no subways or foot over-bridges for pedestrians to cross over on the entire stretch.

Signals at the three T-junctions on the stretch are so designed that vehicles coming from Pragati Maidan and headed towards Sundar Nagar always get a green signal. Bollards have been fixed at both T-points to separate right-turning traffic from straight moving traffic.

DCP Traffic (New Delhi Range) Suvashish Chaudhary said, “Right now, only half the road needs to be crossed, our staff help out those in need. But (yes), we need to look at pedestrians’ convenience too.”

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