Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: The Davangere police have resolved to make major changes in traffic management in an effort to ensure total compliance and discipline among road users.

Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil told presspersons here earlier this week that the department was planning to restrict the movement of lorries between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. within the city limits. The police were also hoping to get all footpaths cleared. Speed bumps would be placed at certain spots, particularly near schools. Poorly designed speed bumps would be removed. Dividers would be provided on certain roads to ensure lane discipline.

All autorickshaw drivers would be asked to install meters within a month, and pre-paid counters would be set up at the railway station and the bus stand for the benefit of the people.

Trees and electricity poles obstructing the movement of traffic would be removed, he said.

Joint effort

Pavements and underground drainage lines would be built in coordination with the Davangere City Corporation, Mr. Patil said and added that two roads, namely those connecting Hondada Circle and Aruna Theatre, and P.B. Road and Vinobanagar, would be made one-way. Zebra-crossings would also be marked on all roads, he said.

Mr. Patil said he had written to the Government seeking sanction of one more traffic police station for Davangere city as there had been a considerable increase in the number of vehicles.

The department had also asked the Government to appoint an Additional Superintendent of Police and a Deputy Superintendent of Police for Chennagiri taluk considering Davangere’s vast jurisdiction.

Team’s visit

To a question, the police official said a team from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. would soon come to Davangere and repair a few non-functional traffic signals.

Mr. Patil has invited suggestions from people in the district on ways to improve traffic management in the city.

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