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IN FOR RENOVATION: The traffic island near Madhu Chowk at Mogalrajapuram in Vijayawada.
VIJAYAWADA: For the first time, a scientific study of road traffic will be initiated by the city's civic administration in the city soon.
Having a survey conducted electronically on roads connecting select traffic islands and analysing the data scientifically will help experts chalk out new designs to renovate traffic islands, which proved to be causing inconvenience to road users. The objective of the exercise is to make traffic junctions more useful and reduce accidents.
City planning wing of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) will take up the survey at traffic islands located near Sitara Centre, Madhu Chowk at Mogalrajapuram, Red Circle near Bishop Azaraiah School and NTR Statue at Patamata by using `total station,' an electronic gadget.
Need of the hour
Details of physical characteristics like length and width of the roads, space left for negotiating curves and size of the islands will be collected and computerised during the survey. Based on the data, officials of the city planning wing and experts on road traffic will chalk out new designs for the renovation of the traffic islands.
"Renovation of the islands is the need of the hour to make them more accurate and user-friendly," says Y. Sudheer Babu, advisor on road traffic to the city Commissioner of Police.
City planning wing of the VMC will launch the survey in a couple of days and compile the data in a week. "We have to hire the equipment from an engineering college and engage a technician and an assistant to take up the survey," says K. Anand Babu, city planner.
It will take two weeks to prepare drawings for renovation. Further modifications to the plan will be carried out in case the officials feel that the new design may cause any inconvenience to road users.
Besides renovating the existing traffic islands, the civic body will also build three new traffic islands at G.S. Raju Road, Nageswara Rao Pantulu Road and Satyanarayanapuram Railway Quarters. Free left turn will be allowed at the islands near veterinary hospital, Chennupati Petrol Bunk, Mother Teresa Centre near Siddhartha Academy and Hotel Ilapuram.
"It is a pilot project. Once it is successful, we will implement similar modifications at other junctions where the vehicular traffic is high," Dr. Sudheer Babu says.
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