Chaos rules city roads as signals go on blink
The faulty signal system and lack of synchronisation has even aggravated the traffic problems in the
satellite city. Despite being aware of such problems, the traffic department and the local authority were working in a slow pace to repair these faulty signals leading to major traffic jams most of the time, especially during peak hours.
According to a report, signals at Swani furniture, BSNL crossing, Jhundpura, Mamura, Harola, Naya Bans, Goal-Chakkar, T-point Sector 34, Metro Hospital, Sector 8, Sector 10, Sector 11, Sector 12, Sector 76, Sahara crossing, Sector 71, Sector 6 police chowki, Prakash Hospital and dozens of others places were out of order. However, the authorities were yet to order the repair work.
Presently, Noida has around 100 traffic signals including blinkers in the city area, out of which nearly 25 are not functioning properly. Around 15 of them are completely dysfunctional, while others have partial faults. Among the partially defective lights, either the secondary light is not working or the primary light, causing bounty of problems to the commuters. Signals in the outskirts and in suburban parts have more faults and very few of them are functional.
Traffic officials said the number of vehicles were increasing enormously these days and the faulty signals were interrupting the traffic movement in the city.
“With the sharp increase in traffic, the need of the hour is to regulate smooth traffic system in the city. When the motorists notice fault in traffic lights, they stop following the traffic rules, causing traffic snarls and increasing chances of road accidents. We have written several times to the local authority to repair all these signals and even they have ensured repairing on various occasions,” said a senior official.
He said without proper synchronisation of signals, it was not possible to streamline traffic movement. “Earlier, we decided to syncronise light on busy roads and done lot more work in this regard. But without having a proper mechanism, it is very difficult to get a desired result. For now we want proper functioning of signals,” the official said.