PUNE: The Pune police traffic branch will install LED strip lights at Natraj Chowk and Budhwar Peth Chowk signals to curb signal jumping and help pedestrians cross the roads with ease.
Deputy commissioner of police Pankaj Deshmukh (traffic) told TOI, “There are complaints from the public that they face hardships in crossing zebra lines because motorists jump signals at traffic junctions. There are also complaints that the zebra lines are invisible or partly visible in various parts of the city.”
Deshmukh said, “We decided to tackle this problem and took a call to install LED strip on the stop line at traffic signals at Budhwar Peth chowk near Shrimant Dagaduseth Halwai Ganapati Trust and Natraj Chowk on Junglee Maharaj Road on an experimental basis. The chowks were selected because they register huge number of footfalls at peak hours.”
He said, “We got the idea of installing the LED strip lights after a video on its successful implementation in Chennai, Hyderabad, Telangana and other places became viral. We have placed an order with a Coimbatore-based private firm for installing the strip lights, costing Rs4.75lakh, at the two chowks sometime next week.”
“If the project is successfully implemented at the chowks, we will request the Pune Municipal Corporation to execute the project in various parts of the city under the Smart City Mission,” he added.