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Traffic lights flicker in red tape!

THEY TRIED hands. But, failed. They tried ropes. But, failed. They tried helmets and seat belts. But, failed. We have a series of failures in the name of traffic management. God! When shall traffic sense prevail? Not till traffic cops wear helmets. Not till they park on the zebra crossing. Not till they refuse three to hop on their two-wheeler! HT Lucknow Live throws some traffic light on the chaos on roads.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 00:57 IST

THEY TRIED hands. But, failed. They tried ropes. But, failed. They tried helmets and seat belts. But, failed.

We have a series of failures in the name of traffic management. God! When shall traffic sense prevail? Not till traffic cops wear helmets. Not till they park on the zebra crossing. Not till they refuse three to hop on their two-wheeler!
HT Lucknow Live throws some traffic light on the chaos on roads.

The State Government spent Rs 2 core to equip the city with the state-of-the-art traffic lights. Even after installation of these multifaceted lights at major crossings, they are waiting for the next order from the government to provide services.

Reason: Without power supply the lights could not get functional and the concerned department were not ready to bear the electricity charges. The charges estimated for a year on the lights were about Rs 5 to Rs 6 lakh.
Senior cops had set last week of the March to inaugurate these lights in the first phase of the plan. But, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), the agency which used to look after the installation and maintenance of the traditional traffic lights, refused to bear the power charges.

The cops, who were banking upon the LMC as far as the electricity supply was concerned, suddenly got anxious as the lights could not get functional without power supply.

SSP Ashutosh Pandey sent several letters to the district magistrate (DM) seeking his intervention in procuring help of the LMC in making the lights functional. But, Pandey got no response in this regard.

On the other hand, additional municipal commissioner Santosh Kumar said municipal corporation used to look after the installation and maintenance of the traffic lights earlier. Now, the police have handed over the job to another company. Therefore, the LMC turned down the proposal of bearing charges of the power supply.

Later, SP (Traffic) Onkar Singh went to the MD UPPCL seeking his help in providing power supply. The MD did not show a clear gesture for extending help in this connection but asked Singh to meet the CGM. The CGM too expressed helplessness in providing the power supply without any clear directives from the government, Onkar Singh said.

However, the CGM advised SP Traffic to apply for the power connection as a consumer and then the department would provide the power supply.

Now, the SP Traffic said they were submitting the forms for the connection to 10 separate power sub-stations under which the lights were being installed at 38 crossings. A traffic sub-inspector has been given the task to visit the concerned LESA officials and pursue for the connection.

Onkar Singh said they expect that the power supply would be provided by the end of this month (May) and the lights would begin functional thereafter. The installation of the lights has been completed at 21 points so far and the job for remaining 17 points would be accomplished within a week or two.

Singh further said that proposal for installation of the lights at 79 other points in the city has also been sanctioned from the government. The proposal for remaining 74 points would be sent soon.

DIG, PAC Varanasi Anil Agrawal, the man behind framing the project and initiating all efforts to convince the government for the fund and purchasing of the lights, too referred the situation unfortunate. He said that the lights would consume less electricity and it would be functional for next six hours with the help of UPS even if the power supply got disrupted. Agrawal said that Bharat Electrical Ltd, the company installing the lights, would look after the maintenance of the lights for next four years.

First Published: May 08, 2006 00:57 IST