To ensure that motorists maintain road discipline and drivers are motivated to follow traffic regulations, the Mumbai traffic police have written to the BMC asking it to put up an adequate number of signboards and lane markings on roads.
As per a report drafted by the traffic police, only 25 per cent of the roads in south Mumbai have traffic signboards and road markings, while the figure stands at 40 per cent in the suburbs. JCP (Traffic) BK Upadhyay said the traffic police had conducted a survey of the city and found that in many places, either the signboards had been removed or had faded to the extent that they were no longer visible.
“During road work, many direction signs are removed by contractors and never put back,” said Upadhyay. Upadhyay said apart from major roads such as Madame Cama Road and Mahanagarpalika Marg, many roads in Pydhonie and even around Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus have road signs missing. “Even if one car or vehicle enters a wrong lane due to the absence of signs, it creates chaos as many lanes in South Mumbai are narrow. The drivers also have to take a long U-turn or sometimes completely deviate to come to the right road,” said Upadhyay.
The traffic police also said it also becomes difficult for policemen to redirect vehicles stuck in narrow lanes. The roads identified by the police are P D’ Mello road, Ballard Estate, the entire stretch opposite the city police headquarters including the Amberkar Road and even Marine Drive.
Apart from the road sign boards, the traffic police have also written to the BMC to paint the roads with ‘stop’, ‘go slow’ and zebra crossings which would motivate the drivers to drive cautiously and cause less accidents. “Drivers often argue with traffic policemen that they did not stop at the stop line because they could not see it. In such case, it becomes difficult for the policeman on the field to justify why he stopped the driver,” Upadhyay said.
The traffic police have requested BMC to instruct road contractors to replace signboards if they have to be removed for road repair work. The police have also asked the BMC to use the thermoplastic paint for road signs so that they do not fade easily.