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Cabinet green light to plans

Patna, June 24: The state cabinet today gave its nod to install electronic traffic light system to strengthen the traffic system in the state capital.

The cabinet approved the urban development and housing departmentís proposal to install 97 electronic traffic signals in different parts of the city, cabinet secretariat principal secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters here in a post-cabinet briefing.

According to the proposal, Rs 26.06 crore would be spent on the strengthening of electronic traffic signals, said Mehrotra before adding that the adaptive traffic light, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and modern control rooms would be set up under the traffic signal system. He, however, said the system would be made operational very soon.

The traffic signals would be installed at 97 different chowks (roundabouts) and chaurahas (intersections) that include Dakbungalow roundabout, Income Tax roundabout, Hartali Mor, R-Block, Boring Road chauraha, Kargil Chowk, Station roundabout, Pataliputra roundabout, Rajendra Nagar intersection, Saguna Mor and others.

Commuters may see the traffic signals working as the department has floated tenders for the purpose, sources said.

The Telegraph, in its edition dated June 19, had published that the urban development department had initiated the process to strengthen electronic traffic light system under which traffic signals would be installed at 97 locations. The signals would CCTV cameras for the cityís monitoring, it had reported.

The cabinet also sanctioned Rs 769.06 crore to be distributed among farmers as to protect kharif crops this season and also to tide over any eventuality of monsoon/flood/drought in the financial year 2014-15, Mehrotra said.

It also sanctioned Rs 16.18 crore to be spent on the contingency crop scheme under which alternate crops would be cultivated in the event of scanty rainfall or drought, said the principal secretary before adding that Rs 785.24 crore had been earmarked for both diesel subsidy and contingency crop plan.


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