HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division has identified 19 intersections in the Valley, which are in urgent need of traffic signals.
The intersections on the division’s list are: Narayan Gopal Chowk, Chabahil, Purano Baneshwor, Maitdevi, Lainchaur, New Road, Tripureshwor, Teku, Kalanki, Balaju, Balkhu, Jawalakhel, Lagankhel, Saatdobato, Guwarko, Pulchowk, Pulchowk, Inar Mod, Kamalpokhari Chowk and Sorhakhutte.
DIG Ganesh Raj Rai, in-charge of the MTPD, informed that his division had written to the Department of Roads, the body authorised to manage road infrastructure, to install traffic lights in the busy intersections. “Traffic lights facilitate not only smooth flow of vehicles but also safe movement of pedestrians. It is necessary to prevent road accidents and catch vehicles flouting traffic rules,” he said.
When traffic lights are in place, traffic intersections can be managed with fewer traffic police personnel. According to government figures, the MTPD currently has 964 personnel –– one for every which every 1.6 km road and around 726 vehicles in the valley.
The valley has traffic lights in 17 locations only. Currently, only the lights installed in the 9.14 km Tinkune-Suryabinayak stretch are in operation. Ten other lights in New Baneshwor, Maitighar, Thapathali, Kalimati, Singha Durbar, Padmodaya Mod, Putalisadak, Durbar Marg, Keshar Mahal and Gaushala have been out of order for the past 10 years due to ‘load-shedding’. The traffic lights, installed in 2001, were in operation only for three years.
Meanwhile, the DoR has installed three pedestrian crossing lights in Kalimati, Putali Sadak and Bag Bazaar as part of its plan to install such lights in eight places of the Capital within four months. The lights installed in three locations are yet to be brought into operation. The others locations identified for such lights are: Teku, Purano Baneshwor, Ghantaghar, Ratna Park, New Road Gate, Inar Mod and Lainchaur. The lights are meant to help pedestrians cross the road safely.