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Round-the-clock traffic signals suggested

Staff Reporter

On vantage intersections instead of shutting down at 10 p.m.

— Photo: S. James.

CONGRATS: Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan giving away the ‘Best Service in Traffic in Madurai City’ award on Sunday.

MADURAI: The Citizens’ Association for Traffic Improvement in Madurai (CATIM) has suggested operating traffic signals round the clock at least on vantage intersections in the city instead of shutting down at 10 p.m.

It was put forth to the Commissioner of Police, K. Nandabalan, during the valedictory function of the week-long Road Safety Week celebrations organised here on Sunday by CATIM and Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries’ Association (MADITSSIA) Club.

Other suggestions include creating separate lanes for bicycle users and two-wheelers so that they could avoid competing with four-wheelers for road space; strictly enforcing lane discipline; providing information about traffic jams/blocks so that commuters could take other routes; and enforcing traffic rules on tricycles also. The association also called for expediting the four-lane highway.

In his address, Mr. Nandabalan said that vehicles from northern Tamil Nadu towards southern districts had to pass through Madurai city. Hence, the number of vehicles touching Madurai was always on the rise.

He said that nine new automated traffic signals would be put into operation. College students were also being roped in to create awareness about traffic rules. He urged the CATIM members to consider taking up other issues such as vehicle emissions, pollution and cleaning up of the city.

Reacting to CATIM’s suggestions, Mr. Nandabalan said that those proposals found feasible would be implemented. Appealing for cooperation from all stakeholders, he called for regular interaction between such associations. Speakers on the occasion said more awareness programmes about road safety were being held in the educational institutions. Mr. Nandabalan gave away awards for traffic police personnel for ‘Best service in traffic in Madurai district.’

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