Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sign' of change for city drivers

`Sign' of change for city drivers

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Commuters in Bengaluru will soon be provided with real time information on traffic congestion, accidents and road work in the city and even be guided on alternate routes, taking the frazzle out of a drive through an increasingly crowded metropolis.
The information will be relayed through variable message signboards that will be installed across the city. Two of these signboards, one each near Kanteerava Indoor Stadium and Hebbal Flyover, will soon be set up on an experimental basis. Twenty more will later be installed at key locations in Bengaluru.

"This is a major initiative to control traffic in the city more efficiently," home minister V.S. Acharya said after inaugurating a new facility at Mico Layout police station on Tuesday.
"The first two signboards will be installed in 15 days and the police will control them from the Traffic Management Centre (TMC)."

"The city now has over 230 major traffic junctions," he added. "The signboards will help officials at the TMC manage the more crowded junctions."

Expressing concern over the frequent traffic snarls in the city, Dr Acharya requested motorists to follow the rules and suggested that they use the new signboards to reduce congestion on Bengaluru's roads.

Additional commissioner of police (traffic) Praveen Sood said the signboards are being imported from Spain.
"We already have four signboards. Two of these will be installed within a fortnight," he said, adding that the signboards will provide information to motorists round the clock. The home minister expressed satisfaction with the work being done by the city police. "There has been a steep rise in successful investigations and recoveries while there have been fewer offences," he said.


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