Staff Correspondent

Traffic signals to be synchronised on this two-km stretch

Work on modernising traffic management will be taken up under JNNURM

Grants to the tune of Rs. 7.5 crore will be released for the purpose

Mysore: The Mysore City Traffic Police is working on a plan to make the ride uninterrupted and smooth on the 2-km long Jhansi Rani Lakshmibai (JLB) Road stretch from Metropole Circle to Ramaswamy Circle here. To be precise, vehicular traffic shall not be interrupted by the traffic signals on the road stretch since a mechanism is being worked out to synchronise the signals thereby making “interruption-free” drive from Metropole Circle to Ramaswamy Circle.

Disclosing this to presspersons here on Monday, Police Commissioner S. Parashivamurthy said, “A workable solution is possible for this road and we are working on it”.

“The number of traffic signals on the stretch interrupts traffic movement. The current traffic management system for the stretch could be reworked like synchronisation of signals. We shall ask the traffic engineers to work on the proposal”, said Mr. Parashivamurthy.

The police department will get grants to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for modernising traffic management and for installation of new security devices here. “Using this grant, the system of uninterrupted traffic on JLB Road stretch will be implemented”, he said. A central control room will also be established to control traffic signals on that road stretch.

Mr. Parashivamurthy said 24 surveillance cameras will be installed at major locations in the city for traffic management and 12 cameras will be installed at select locations for the maintenance of law and order. “These cameras shall be purchased using the JNNURM grant”, he said. Advanced equipment for streamlining burgeoning traffic will be purchased immediately, he added.

Bangalore model

Tenders have been invited for installation of security systems and supply of hi-tech traffic equipment. The concept shall be designed on the lines of concept being implemented in Bangalore city where traffic signals are controlled from a centralised location. The new-age systems can help the police to take decisions as and when required to ease traffic congestion, he explained.

Surveillance cameras shall be also installed at the Mysore Zoo and Chamundi Hills which attract a large number of tourists, he informed.

In reply to a query, Mr. Parashivamurthy said, “No new weapons will be bought from the JNNURM grant since the police force here has sufficient number of weapons”.

However, the force needs other things like bullet-proof jackets and so on which shall be sought from the Centre, he added.