With better surveillance, police propose to create a model road,
says R. Rajaram
Having introduced a slew of measures recently to ensure safe driving, law-enforcers have proposed conversion of the busy Bharathidasan Salai, an arterial road in the city, to an “ideal stretch” with better regulation and surveillance.
The city police chose the road since it has no bends. Utilising the Road Safety Fund, the law-enforcers have planned to set up “road furniture” as per Indian Road Congress specifications on a 1.5 km stretch up to MGR Statue.
Installation of speed limit and ‘no parking’ signages, and drawing of yellow lines for parking vehicles on both sides of the road would be undertaken after the city corporation approves the proposal.
Six hi-tech cameras will be installed along the stretch to keep a watch on traffic violators. Such cameras, which can pan, tilt and zoom, have already been installed at the Head Post Office, TVS Tollgate and Kohinoor Theatre Junctions. The first camera on the “ideal stretch” will be located near MGR Statue. All traffic movements and violations will be monitored from the traffic police outpost at Othakadai.
The cameras have already been procured, Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal said. An audio system will also be installed along the stretch to regulate vehicular movement.
Work on fixing cat’s eye near the Court Junction at a cost of Rs 10 lakh to guide drivers on the stretch has begun. The “ideal stretch” would be ready within a month, Mr. Jiwal said.