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Work on installation of new signals begins

By P. Oppili

CHENNAI SEPT. 3. The traffic police have started work on the Rs.1.75-crore plan to replace signals with light emitting diode (LED) systems in 60 places and put up new signal points, besides equipping them with timers in the city.

Installation of new signals has begun and the project will be completed within three weeks, said the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), G.U.G.Sastry.

The first phase of upgradation work on existing signals will begin soon. Tenders have been invited for taking up the work. The LED will replace bulbs before the end of next month, he said.

The scheme to go in for modernised signal systems in the city was announced over three months ago by the State Government. Motorists have complained about the poor quality of signals at most places in the city.

Earlier, the traffic police blamed the digging activity for the frequent collapse of the signal systems in various road intersection points.

At present there are about 120 signals in various parts of the city. In the first phase of the current project, the authorities are planning to replace the conventional bulbs with LEDs in 60 of these signals and the remaining will be replaced in a phased manner, Mr Sastry said. Of the total number, nearly 25 will be fitted with timers.

So far one signal with timer has been installed at the junction of Gengu Reddy Road and E V R Salai, say the officials.

Those that were fitted with timers even prior to this, such as the Spencer's junction, however, became defunct.

Anna Salai - CIT Nagar junction; Little Mount - Anna Salai junction; Stanley Hospital roundabout; Nerkundram Road - 100 ft Road junction; Iyappan temple - Mahalingapuram junction; K.K.Nagar - 100 ft Road junction; G.N.Chetty Road - Kuppam Road junction and II Avenue - Ayyappan Koil junction, Anna Nagar are some of the places identified by the police for new signal installation.

The Tirumangalam junction, the Tiruvanmiyur junction, the Tower Clock junction, Royapettah, Secretariat, Valluvar Kottam, Raj Bhavan, the Wallajah Road junction, Gandhi Statue, Marina, the Music Academy, the Halda junction, the Alwarpet junction, the Ashok Pillar junction, Central, Broadway and the Ayanavaram junction are some of the other places shortlisted for installation of signal lights with LEDs.

While the authorities are spending about Rs. 75 lakhs for installation of new signals, the upgradation work is expected to cost about Rs. 1 crore, officials said. By the end of current financial year, all the signals will be fitted with LED, replacing the bulbs, officials added.

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