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Purposeless: A defunct traffic signal at Gajularamaram junction, Jeedimetla. —
Purposeless: A defunct traffic signal at Gajularamaram junction, Jeedimetla. —

M. Srinivas

Paucity of funds for repairs resulting in problems

HYDERABAD: Traffic signals at several junctions of the twin cities have become defunct for the last few months, resulting in the traffic situation, which is already bad, getting worse. And the reason? Paucity of funds for repair of the signals.

Though non-operational signal lights are causing problems for regulating traffic in and around the periphery of the State capital, they are not being repaired or reinstalled. Bulbs and other spares have been stolen or damaged in some intersections, while signal posts were completely removed during road development and widening works, construction of flyovers and foot-over-bridges (FoBs), forcing police to regulate traffic movement manually.

No maintenance

Of the 169 traffic signals, only 130 are functioning with the rest going out of order in the absence of maintenance. A classic case is the one at Rethibowli junction.

Signals were removed to pave way for construction of the P.V. Narasimha Rao Expressway.

Even after the inauguration of the expressway recently, officials have failed to install new signals at this busy junction.

Similar is the case with another intersection at Punjagutta. Signal posts were uprooted for the construction of the flyover. A few weeks after its inauguration, new lights were installed but necessary wiring was not done till date. The signal post at Maitrivanam in Ameerpet was also damaged after a speeding lorry rammed into the road median, but new signals are yet to be installed. Even the blinker lights on the Tank Bund and timers fitted to signal posts in some junctions have also become defunct, according to the police.

Fund crunch

Sources said the GHMC which is entrusted with maintenance and installation of new signals could not initiate repair works owing to paucity of funds. It is learnt that the companies dealing with repairs have stopped the works as the GHMC is yet to clear the bills.

Another surprising aspect is that the corporation has put up new signal lights at Ramser Café and Shenoy Nursing Home in East Marredpally three years ago without widening the road. As a result, the signals remained non-operational, say traffic police officials.

When contacted, DCP (Traffic) A. Ravi Chandra says, “Proposals for repairs were sent to the GHMC.”


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