THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A longstanding demand of parents, teachers and students of Cotton Hill Government Girls’ HSS will finally be fulfilled on Wednesday when Works Minister Mons Joseph inaugurates the traffic signal lights in front of the school main gate.
The solar-powered, pedestrian-activated signals will become operational on the same day.
The system, purchased from Keltron, is being installed at the school junction by the Kerala Road Fund Board at a cost of Rs.4 lakh.
“This is as a major relief to the school community which has been, for a long time, concerned over the safety of students crossing the busy Vazhuthacaud road during peak hours. The students will be able to control the traffic signals themselves and cross the road safely,” said school Parent Teacher Association (PTA) president Padmakumar.
Keltron had distributed hand-outs describing the operation of the signals to the students. Students can operate the signal by pressing the green button on the control panel of the signal pillars installed on either side of the road.
After around half-a-minute of pressing the button, a green coloured instruction saying ‘walk’ will appear on the board and a green ‘walk signal’ will appear on the traffic light on the opposite side.
“ However students cannot press the button continuously as a minimum clearance time is set for vehicles to pass. The facility is not just for students. Anybody can use the system,” Keltron General Manager (traffic signal division) M. Georgekutty said.
Mr. Georgekutty said a team from Keltron will monitor the usage of the signal lights for a week.
Similar pedestrian-activated traffic signals had been installed by Keltron at Statue and VJT Hall junctions, he added.
Corporation health and education standing committee chairman G.R. Anil said the local body was planning an elevated walkway at the school main gate to enable students cross the road without negotiating the traffic.