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Problems to end in 3 day

IG (TRAFFIC) Brijlal admitted on Saturday that the new streetlight-controlled traffic management system was actually causing chaos on busy roads. But, he asserted that these ?teething irritants? would be taken care of in three days!

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 00:01 IST

IG (TRAFFIC) Brijlal admitted on Saturday that the new streetlight-controlled traffic management system was actually causing chaos on busy roads. But, he asserted that these “teething irritants” would be taken care of in three days!

“We have asked Bharat Electricals Ltd (BEL) to air-dash its engineers from Bangalore to fit censors and timers in all the traffic lights so that the lights functioned properly,” he told HT Lucknow Live. BEL, he said, had drawn up a three-year contract with the Traffic Department to install traffic lights and maintain them free of cost for the next five years. He said some other officials including Deputy Director (Traffic), Poornima Singh and SP (Traffic) Omkar Singh and he would visit the main crossings in Lucknow on Sunday to personally examine the problem.

Aware of growing traffic jams and long queues at busy crossings, senior police officers including DGP Bua Singh, ADG (Traffic/ modernization), Padman Singh, apart from Brijlala, held a meeting with local BEL engineers here on Friday.

BEL engineers Piyush Mohan and Pankaj Kumar pointed out many things which, they felt, were contributing to traffic jams after the new traffic-lights system was installed.

The engineers, according to Brijlal, pointed out that the bus and auto operators were indisciplined and needed to be sensitised. They suggested that buses and autos must stop 50 metres before the crossing to help in proper traffic flow.

He also said unlike in cities like New Delhi, the left hand-side lane where traffic flows continuously was not marked out in Lucknow. They suggested that the left lane at crossings be segregated. Brijlal said the Traffic Department was already working on this with mobile barriers.

Third, the engineers said, zebra lines were not only unclear but people did not stop at a distance from the zebra lines. At times, people start moving as soon the yellow light came on. The yellow light is a signal for getting ready to move on but they should move only when the green light came on.

“Considering these aspects as pointed out by the BEL engineers, we have also asked the police to sensitise the public,” Brijlal said, adding that “but we feel the most important cause of growing jams is lack of syncronisation of traffic lights and absence of timers”.

He stressed that the BEL had been asked to adjust timings of lights in accordance with the volume of the traffic on a given road and the citizens had appreciated the Department’s initiatives. “We will insure that things becomes smooth within three days,” claimed the IG.

First Published: Jun 11, 2006 00:01 IST