Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: The Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissionerate has decided to handover maintenance of traffic signals to private companies on an experimental basis.

Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar told presspersons here on Tuesday that there were 28 traffic junctions in the twin cities and the signal system at these junctions would be maintained by private companies, including BEL, for one year.

Mr. Auradkar said that steps were being taken to ensure smooth traffic at four important circles in the twin cities, including Rani Channamma Circle in Hubli.

Referring to the increasing instances of violation of traffic regulations, the Commissioner said that the Commissionerate would install cameras at six circles in the twin cities to detect traffic rule violations by motorists.

Tenders

He said that tenders for installation of cameras at these circles had been called and the process would be completed by March 2010.

Mr. Auradkar said that the Commissionerate had submitted a Rs. 42-lakh proposal to the State Government for using Black Berry handsets for booking the offenders on the lines of the Bangalore police. The Hubli-Dharwad police had asked liquor shops, and bar and restaurants to down shutters by 11.30 p.m. on December 31.

Referring to the call given by some organisations that they would not allow New Year celebrations at some venues, he said the police would take action in this regard.

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