Pedestrian Road Crosswalk Signals Installed at Three Places in Patna

Pedestrians safely crossing the road at the new traffic signal system on Hartali Mor.

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Patna: Patna finally woke up to the idea of crosswalk signals that allow pedestrians to walk across the road safely by pushing a button turning the traffic light red forcing vehicles of all types to stop.

Anand Kishore, the Urban Development and Housing Department (UDHD) Secretary, on Sunday inaugurated the crosswalk signal at the busy Hartali Mor intersection by pushing the button first and then crossing the road across zebra markings. He was accompanied by other senior officials.

Similar facility was opened to public at the Patna Zoo crossing and Punaichak intersection that have the dubious distinction of being one of the very dangerous spots for pedestrians in the state capital.

Speaking on the occasion, Kishore said that the buttons have been installed on both sides of the streets for the convenience of the pedestrians.

"Once they push the button, the traffic signal turns red and the traffic comes to a standstill for the next five minutes allowing ample time to those on foot to cross the road," he said.

He further said that to make the citizens aware of this facility, the UDHD has put notices near the buttons to avoid any confusion.

For the next few days, the traffic cops will be monitoring the pedestrian movements at these intersections and based on the findings, the administration will adjust the existing five-minute delay as needed.

Kishore, however, said that the pedestrian signal has been set up as a stop-gap arrangement till foot over-bridges are built throughout the busy Bailey Road.


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