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Reflective road studs installed

S. Anil Radhakrishnan


A reflective road stud costs Rs.300

Project taken up by TRDCL as social gesture


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Highly visible reflective road studs have been installed near the pedestrian crossings in major road corridors developed under the City Road Improvement Project (CRIP) in the capital to ensure safety of the pedestrians and to warn the approaching motorists.

Already, the reflective road studs have come up near 20 pedestrian crossings and sharp curves in the busy roads near Manmohan Bungalow, Kowdiar, ITI, KSEB and Fire Station at Chakka and near the Airports Authority of India's Fire Station near Shanghumughom.

As many as 25 reflective road studs have been installed near the pedestrian crossings where zebra lines have been drawn using reflective paint.

With better roads and increased riding comfort, motorists have been found ignoring the speed limits fixed in the city.

“The rights of the pedestrians are being ignored and those waiting at the pedestrian crossings are not getting any priority. Hence, we have decided to install the reflective road studs at these crossings,” Anil Kumar Pandala, Associate vice-president, Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Ltd (TRDCL), the implementing agency of CRIP, said.

Though the installing of the road stud does not figure in the project and is costly, the TRDCL has taken it up as a social commitment. Reflective road studs, each costing Rs.300, are fixed to the bitumen layer of the road using glue.

Once light from the approaching vehicles falls on them, they emit light as a warning for the drivers of the approaching vehicles.

The reflective road stud is expected to last four years and later they will have to be replaced with fresh ones.

The TRDCL has plans to install reflective road studs in all pedestrian crossings in the 42-km road that is being developed under the CRIP in the capital in a phased manner.

The TRDCL has installed tiny solar blinkers in median openings in the road corridors. As many as 27 solar blinkers have been installed on the top of the central median to warn the motorists of the openings that have been provided for ‘U' turn and for the side roads in the corridors. Each solar powered blinker costs Rs.4,000 and has a life span of five years.

Along with this, the TRDCL has decided to paint ‘cross hatching” using reflective paint near the mouth of side roads and near the ‘U' turn areas to highlight the ‘no parking' zones.

The road markings will be in addition to the reflective scientifically designed signboards that have already been installed in these areas.

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