Expressing concern over increasing traffic, the Gurgaon police commissioner has written to the city administration to repair and install traffic signals, paint zebra crossings and install signages across the city. This would help manage traffic during the Haryana summit from March 7 to 9, the commissioner wrote.
In the 10-page letter to Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the commissioner has written about the list of locations in the city requiring attention — which includes a list of defunct traffic signals, and junctions which need new signals. The letter also says that a lack of proper traffic infrastructure may hamper traffic management during the first investor summit in the state.
The police have identified various spots in the city where traffic signals are not working and have asked the civic agencies to replace or repair them at the earliest. “To provide good traffic management is our duty. However, it is not possible without the required infrastructure,” said Navdeep Singh Virk, Gurgaon police commissioner.
In the letter, Virk has has asked the two civic agencies to synchronise the timings of traffic signals at Iffco Chowk and the Sector 17- 18 crossing. “If the timings of these traffic lights are synchronised, congestion during the peak hours can be reduced considerably,” Virk said in his letter.
Police have also asked the civic agencies to install pedestrian signals at busy junctions. The signals have been proposed especially for Small Z Chowk and Big Z Chowk near the Huda Metro station and Iffco Chowk.
“Installation of railing or barrier — to prevent people from crossing over is required near Huda City Centre to regulate pedestrian movement and make it congestion free. There is already a foot overbridge built ahead, which can be used for crossing”, the letter further suggested. Additionally, as many as 42 new locations have been identified wherein zebra crossings need to be painted.
Gurgaon has around 100 traffic signals, with 55 at major junctions. Of these 55, signals at 24 locations do not function. Other than that, there is an urgent need for new signals at 25 locations.
Deputy commissioner and municipal chief T L Stayaprakash said, “Work has been completed in some areas and we hope to complete all required work in coming weeks.”