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Tuesday , November 30 , 2010
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FIR to address signal woes

Patna, Nov. 29: Patna traffic police, tired of the traffic situation, are set to lodge an FIR against Calcutta-based Webel company, who entered into an agreement with them to renovate and maintain the traffic signals in the city.

Patna traffic superintendent of police (SP), Ajit Kumar Sinha, told The Telegraph that an FIR regarding the breach of trust would be filed against the company and fresh tenders would be invited thereafter. “We would lodge an FIR against the company. Despite several reminders, they have not got back to us with any updates. This is a case of breach of trust,” he said.

Earlier, in October, the police had shot a letter to the Calcutta-based company asking it to explain why the agreement should not be terminated.

The company, as the SP said, had responded stating that since these signals were old, they were having problems in getting the spare parts required to make them functional.

“After this response, there have been several reminders. But they have taken no steps after that. This is not a professional attitude. They needed to update us regularly as an MoU was signed,” he said.

The agreement was made in June, he pointed out.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the company was to take care of these signals including their maintenance.

“Initially, eight of the existing 17 traffic signals were to be made operational in 15 days. But till late no action has been taken,” he said.

At present, traffic lights are installed in areas including Dakbungalow Round about, Exhibition Road, Income Tax Round about, Hartali Round about, Boring Road Round about, Ram Ghulam Round about.

“We have nothing to do now. The traffic signals remain defunct. We would start the process afresh again. A fresh tender will be floated and interested companies can bid. There will be a fresh agreement. The process is being worked out,” Sinha said.

Traffic lights in Patna were installed in 2005 but soon got defunct because of carelessness and lack of maintenance. Rs 1.17 crore was invested on installing the 17 traffic signals across Patna.

The daily commuters remain the worst sufferers. “We knew this would run into hiccups. The department cannot function properly,” said Neeraj Kumar Jain, a motorist.

who uses the Dakbungalow Roundabout frequently.

. Now they are talking about a fresh tender which will take months and soon everyone will forget about it again,” said Neeraj Kumar Jain, a daily motorist who uses the Dakbungalow Roundabout frequently.

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