As part of the Smart City project, the Chandigarh Administration will soon construct table-top zebra crossings at 20 accident-prone roundabouts and intersections across the city.
The Administration had initiated a pilot project at the Sector 31-32 roundabout near Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) last year. SSP (Traffic and Security) Maneesh Chaudhry said the project had got positive response from residents.
Table-top zebra crossings are meant for facilitating movement of pedestrians and non-motorised vehicles. Thus, non-motorised vehicles are not required to merge with other vehicles at roundabouts.
“We have decided on the places where to replicate this to make the city pedestrian and cyclist-friendly. It was decided as part of the Smart City project during a meeting with the Adviser”, said Chaudhry.
A total of 20 accident-prone roundabouts and intersections have been identified by the police. “At all the places, traffic lights will be installed,” said the SSP.
Earlier, at the roundabout of Sectors 19, 20, 27 and 30, the civic body had constructed rumble strips and given a gap between the median for the cyclists and pedestrians to pass. However, the strips were flattened and were turned into speed-breakers after complaints from residents of nearby sectors and daily commuters.
In early 2014, the Administration constructed table-top zebra crossings for cyclists and pedestrians to pass opposite GMCH-32.
A problem being faced is that when the light turns red, commuters park their vehicles on top of the speed-breaker, leaving no space for pedestrians and non-motorised vehicles to pass. One rumble strip will be installed so that vehicles slow down and stops before the speed-breaker,” added the SSP.
The UT is yet to float a tender for initiating the process of constructing these pathways. SDM (East) Danish Ashraf, who is monitoring the project, said the modifications were being worked out.
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