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Traffic islands eye facelift

Thoroughfares of Jamshedpur will sport a new look in three months.

Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco has drawn up a plan to modify roundabouts to boost safety and beautify roads. The exercise is expected to cover as many as 50 roundabouts in phases. Eight will be modified in the first leg of the plan.

The traffic islands selected for the first phase include those at L-Town, near Jusco office, on Straight Mile Road, at Beldih Kalibari square, at Circuit House intersection, at DBMS English School square, near Beldih Lake, at Tata Pigments square and at Jugsalai intersection.

Senior Jusco officials maintained that the decision to modify the roundabouts was taken after studying traffic volume on arteries and the potential of road mishaps given the present state of these structures.

“Most of them (roundabouts) have dense undergrowth within iron fences that are three to four feet high. This hampers visibility and raises chances of mishaps. We have decided to do away with the grilles and raise the edges of roundabouts instead by using paver blocks. The new structures will help motorists see approaching vehicles,” an official said.

He added that the frequent thefts of iron grilles marred the beauty of roundabouts and that problem too would be tackled in the process. “It is nearly impossible to keep vigil all through the night. So, the management has decided to do away with the grilles altogether.”

Confirming the plan to beautify roundabouts, Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said that besides use of paver blocks to raise edges of roundabouts, bougainvillaea would be planted on the islands to enhance their aesthetic side.

“Paver blocks do not get damaged easily, even if they are hit by vehicles. They are also low-maintenance. We will plant bougainvillaea, which too requires less maintenance and watering. The colourful leaves will add to the beauty of the roundabouts and arteries,” said Rajan.