Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, January 1
As various projects are going on in different parts of the city, guidelines of traffic management in work zones are seemingly not being implemented in the right manner.
City-based activists have demanded from the authorities concerned to display work zone regulatory signs, warning signs, information signs and proper diversion plans for the convenience of the commuters and pedestrians. They said the safety of commuters and pedestrians must be ensured by following the guidelines issued by the Indian Roads Congress.
At present, a number of projects, including smart street road work on Malhar Road, Canal bridge reconstruction work at BRS Nagar, ROB and RUBs project on Pakhowal Road and others, are under way in the city. However, the required signboards for the management of traffic have not been installed for the convenience of commuters at different points. It has also been seen that the required sign boards are not displayed most of the times when road carpeting or construction work is done.
Road safety activist Rahul Verma said direction boards and reflective barricading had not been done at most of the points where road projects were under way. “Even the information and warning signs have not been displayed at many locations. The diversion plan and sign boards must be displayed at a proper distance before the construction site for the convenience of the commuters. All guidelines for traffic management must be followed,” said Verma.
Col JS Brar of Maha Sabha (NGO) said, “The required sign boards regarding construction work must be displayed at all major points to alert the commuters. The reflective tapes on barricades must be displayed properly. The “slow” sign boards to slow down traffic must be displayed in the right manner and the safety of all commuters and pedestrians should be ensured.”
The Indian Institute of Architects, Punjab Chapter, chairman, Sanjay Goel, said the diversion plan and information boards must be displayed in the right manner so that the commuters don’t face any problem. He said that the authorities and contractors concerned should take the necessary steps for the implementation of the guidelines on traffic management in the work zones.
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