Indian city in dire need of solar-powered traffic signals

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By Thinking Highways August 7, 2014 14:08

Indian city in dire need of solar-powered traffic signals

Kochi (image Wikiepdia)

The Indian city of Kochi will have to wait longer to get a solar power traffic signal system despite it being choked by traffic congestion.

Though the system is in place in Thiruvananthapuram and other cities where traffic congestion is not as worse bad, it is still a distant dream for Kochi owing to the apathy of authorities.

A Traffic Police official told the New Indian Express that the city is in dire need of a solar powered traffic signal system to ensure a smooth traffic. “The technology used at present is an age-old one and many cities which can  withstand only half the traffic compared to Kochi have [a] solar power-enabled system,” the official said.

He added that the major problem for the present system is frequent power failures that cause traffic chaos. “When the systems go down, the end result is huge bottlenecks and the traffic personnel have to work really hard,” the official added.

K S Baby Vinod, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Traffic West, said the Traffic Police had already put forwarded a report to the authorities and requested urgent reforms. “We have sent a request to District Road Safety wing. Unfortunately, we have not received any intimation yet,” he said.

According to the Traffic police, they can only ‘enforce’ the law and not mediate it.

“The prearrangement for implementing the facility should be taken by the civic authorities and related government departments. The new reforms will take place only through the combined effort of various department, the officials said.

Meanwhile,the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (Keltron) who had installed the present traffic system years ago suggested their readiness to install a solar power system.

C Prasannakumar, managing director, Keltron, told the New Indian Express that they will take the necessary steps to give facelift to the traffic signal system.

He also observed that the power consumption of the new system will be low compared to the conventional traffic system.

Story: New Indian Express

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways August 7, 2014 14:08