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Missing infrastructure

THE CITY police are maintaining the tempo of the road safety drive, which got to a good start during the safety week observed recently. Supporting agencies have taken over. The force, in association with the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (Natpac), recently organised a training session for drivers.

However, the infrastructure is missing in many points like proper signages in different parts of the city, guiding the drivers about the traffic mechanism.

The increasing volume of floating population, natural for a city that has long since established itself as the economic capital of the State, brings out these missing links in traffic maintenance.

Of late, there are complaints that many drivers from outside the district have been booked by the traffic police for offences like driving against one-ways. This happens because the signages alerting the drivers are missing at most of these points.

Earlier, the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), directly under the District Administration, used to take up the job of putting up signages. This was done as part of the project for beautification of the Durbar Hall ground.

"The DTPC is in bad shape, financially. However, the Road Safety Fund of the District Administration will be released before this fiscal year-end. More signages will be put up by the end of this month or next month," said A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, District Collector, who is also the chairman of the DTPC.

A Regional Transport Authority study on the signages in the city found that many signages were missing and some were in dilapidated condition. New signages would be put up at these spots, Mr. Hanish said.

The city police are relying on the Mayor's conference to spruce up the city. "The signboards are put up by the Public Works Department or the Kochi Corporation. Even though we have raised the issue of missing signages with the authorities concerned, nothing has happened. We are given the authority for regulation alone and no resources at all for building the infrastructure," said Dinendra Kashyap, City Police Commissioner.

The police have more than missing signages to complain about. Another major problem that the traffic police are facing is controlling pedestrian movement. Medians along many main roads are not in place, giving space for pedestrians to cross the roads at will.

"The purpose of zebra-crossing is often not served without these barricades," Mr. Kashyap said.

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