Traffic rules no match for vehicle pressure
DELHI: With more people in the city relying on personal transport,
the density of traffic in the city is increasing, joint commissioner
of police Maxwell Pereira said.
a limit to regulation. Unless we have an adequate public transport
system that is regular and convenient, the congestion will remain."
Pereira told The Times of India.
the traffic police have been implementing innovative traffic circulation
schemes - doing away with right turns, enabling U-turns and installing
traffic control devices at major intersections - to decongest
the roads, he said.
the Metro, the decongestion on roads will start, but only when
it graduates as an alternate mode of networking," said Pereira
onus of traffic regulation can't be placed entirely on the police,
says Rohit Baluja, president of the Institute of Road Traffic
to Baluja, "Ten factors should be taken into consideration:
encroachments, condition of roads, signals, signals' timing, traffic
volume, hindrances, peak time, type of traffic, pedestrian/cyclist
lanes, and crisis management. If there's trouble on one of these
fronts, chaos ensues."
management is a science. It begins with road engineering. Hawkers
and unauthorisedly parked vehicles are encroaching most arterial
roads. Bus-stops near intersections also hold up the traffic.
This is not proper engineering. There should be demarcation for
everything," said Baluja.
added that rumblestrips near intersections have contributed to
the mess. Unless civic authorities ensure that there is no commerce
on the roads and repairs the rumblestrips, the situation will
the roundabout near the Kalkaji bus depot, signages are being
obliterated by hoardings. With pipelines blocking the cyclist
track and the pedestrian lane, the main road is fair game for
schoolchildren, jaywalkers, cyclists and motor vehicles.
this issue, Periera said there is a constant endeavour to interact
with the local bodies. "Wherever signages are being blocked
by foliage or poles, we are trying to realign them." Amit
Uniyal, a resident of Janak Puri, said: "A profusion of signages
at an intersection only confuse the commuter. At major intersections
like the Moolchand flyover, the only signages one can see are
hospital boards. Information regarding particular destinations
are not prominent."
having a bad sense of direction increase the volume of vehicular
traffic at such junctions, Baluja said.
At 220 intersections across the city, 52 per cent of the stoplines
are absent, 18 per cent have faded out and only 30 per cent are
present, according to a survey by the IRTE.
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