|The Telegraph report published on December 13 and (above) a file picture of the chaotic Kutchery Chowk in Ranchi
Lane driving will be strictly enforced on Ranchi’s reckless roads within a month.
None other than deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey has taken this pledge to make commuting in the capital safe, ending the chaos that currently plague its transport arteries.
Reacting to the report “Undivided and unsafe on capital roads” published in The Telegraph on Thursday, the senior district official sent a text message to this correspondent on Friday morning, informing that corrective measures — such as reinstallation of road delineators (flexible rubber dividers) and demarcating zebra crossings — were on the anvil.
Choubey also said that the district administration had already identified a private agency in Ranchi to outsource the job. “About a month ago, we had floated a tender for this, but honestly speaking, no one had turned up. We floated another tender recently and received some bidders. We have zeroed in on an agency called Seven Dawn Solutions to provide us with delineators,” he later told The Telegraph over phone.
He stressed that the administration too was concerned about routine traffic snarls, but had its hands tied because the tender process takes time. “But now, delineators will be back on all roads in a month,” he said, adding that marking of zebra crossings and a coat of fresh paint for arterial roads were also in the offing.
“Some two months ago, I had directed the executive engineer of the road construction department to paint and demarcate roads. I am yet to receive any update from his end and will follow up this matter as well,” Choubey maintained.
According to district transport official A.K. Singh, around 800 road delineators will be purchased from the selected agency. The cost, however, is yet to be ascertained.
“Necessary procurement formalities are being done. Besides roads where delineators existed earlier, we have identified some new stretches where they will be installed too. Once the purchase is over, the consignment will be handed over to the traffic police for use according to their need to streamline vehicle movement,” Singh added.
Regular commuters welcomed the news, but with a pinch of scepticism.
“To stem traffic snarls, roads need to be monitored and maintained from time to time. I am glad that the administration has woken up to our inconveniences and decided to bring back delineators on roads. It is always better late than never. I only hope it meets its own deadline,” said Girinath Jha, a resident of Lalpur.
Will discipline be enforced on capital roads in a month?