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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mapusa traffic signal ‘shut’ as seconds’ duration leads to chaos

MAPUSA: Despite fulfilling a long pending demand of installing a traffic signal in Mapusa there has been no relief to motorists. Lack of planning and coordination has resulted in putting off the traffic signal which was considered the best to regulate the traffic flow in Mapusa.

The traffic management is one of the major issues of Mapusa as during peak hours there is heavy traffic flow which results in traffic jams. The Mapusa Municipal Council had granted NOC to a contractor in Porvorim for erecting and maintaining the traffic signal which included expenses including applying for electricity connection and paying all relevant costs.
Hence on June 17 the first traffic signal was installed in the town at the court junction. But during the night the traffic signal started malfunctioning as the signal did not have electricity connection and was running on inverter battery supply which lasted for four hours.
Later the contractor applied for a new electricity connection to run the signal for 24 hours. On August 15 the traffic signal was officially inaugurated at the hands of Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza.
Traffic personnel were also deployed to streamline traffic but due to lack of planning and coordination the traffic police and contractor could not contain the traffic flow on the main road from Mapusa bus stand via Maruti temple and via old MMC to court junction towards Duler. The traffic started getting blocked as the duration of seconds that was holding the traffic was more than sixty seconds.
The roads leading down from ST Xavier’s College and District Hospital began to face traffic congestion and long queues of vehicles were witnessed, hence the traffic signals were put off. When contacted MMC Sandip Falari said “Since the traffic signals were not solving the traffic problem in the town the civic body has asked the traffic police to put off the signals until the problem is sorted out”.
Meanwhile the contractor Sanjay Jain of Digital Designer said, “We have not put off the signals, it’s the traffic cell who have been putting it off. The only issue that we have is to streamline the signal so that there is proper flow of traffic. To achieve this we need the cooperation from traffic police and motorists”.
He further added that “The problem in Mapusa is due to the narrow roads as only one car can pass. We have also asked the traffic police to have a joint inspection at the junction and see the flow of traffic and decide on the duration of the signals” added Jain.

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