71 intersections to be redesigned for smooth traffic regulation

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 19 2017 11:53PM | Updated Date: Oct 19 2017 11:53PM
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In a bid to ensure smooth traffic movement, authorities are mulling to redesign 71 intersections in the summer capital. 

The development comes after state traffic advisor, Anuj Malhotra, who is tasked to recommend measures for traffic flow, redesigned Rajbagh junction. 

“We have been observing regulation of traffic at Rajbagh junction before and after redesigning it. After redesigning it, the traffic flow has doubled 1.7 times,” said Malhotra.

Elaborating, he said that earlier, 40 vehicles used to pass at the junction per minute. “After redesigning it, the number has increased. The throughout is now between 65 to 75 vehicles,” he said.

He said that with the help of geographic information system, bus stop has been marked at Rajbagh in such a way that it won’t hamper the movement of other vehicles on the road. 

“We have to understand that seventy percent of population use public transport to travel. Designated bus stops are very important. However, it should be designated at technical terms. Stopping of mini-bus should not create any traffic jam,” he said. 

“There are some technicalities that we have to apply while designing the intersection. We have done redesigning of Rajbagh junction to make the journey safer and less time consuming to move,” he said.

He added that at Rajbagh intersection, yellow lines have been drawn indicating that it is ‘no stop zone’. “We identified the zone on technical terms. If a vehicle stops even for five seconds in no stop zone, traffic behind will come to standstill,” he said.

He said that slow process of reforms has been initiated and 71 intersections will be redesigned. 

He informed that presently, assessment and observations are being made at Batamaloo-Qamarwari route.