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Saturday , December 1 , 2012
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Lane divide for safer city roads

In nine months this year, 138 persons have bled to death on city roads. Compare this to eight cerebral malaria deaths in 2012 to gauge how accidents are the single-most lethal menace.

The rising accident graph — and bloodspill — has prodded wholly owned Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco to plan a three-pronged traffic regulation system in areas under its command.

Prepared by Jusco’s planning, engineering and construction cell, pilot projects will begin next week on accident-prone zones in the city suggested by the district police.

The two major activities are laning thoroughfares to separate bikes from four-wheelers and heavy vehicles, introducing more rumble strips or speed-breakers on roads and traffic lights on the points.

Areas handpicked for now are near Subernarekha Bridge on the stretch at Hathigora Temple and near Jamshedpur civil court, both in Sakchi, as well as near Tata Steel hot strip mill gate in Burmamines.

The official mishap count, according to East Singhbhum police, was 306 till September 2012, leaving 138 persons dead and 190 injured.

If the accident control measures show results, they will be replicated at other major areas under Jusco.

A source in Jusco’s planning, engineering and construction cell said the traffic regulation system was aimed to minimise chances of head-on vehicular collision that leads to fatal mishaps.

“Bikes and cycles are most vulnerable. They often come under the wheels of larger vehicles. If separate lanes are properly earmarked for them, two-wheelers will be safer,” said the source.

He added that roads without demarcations lead to speeding vehicles on collision mode.

Jamshedpur’s major arteries have a one-way system in place for decades but dedicated lanes for vehicles based on size will be an innovation.

“We will place road dividers in a way that it does not obstruct roads but eases traffic through smart laning. Dividers will be installed a manner so that vehicles can’t jump lanes. Rumble strips will prevent speeding too,” he said.

Traffic lights will also be installed on the locations for better vehicular movement.

East Singhbhum deputy superintendent of traffic R.M. Sinha agreed there was pressing need for better traffic regulation on accident zones.

“We are eagerly waiting for Jusco to execute the new traffic regulation system on dreaded mishap zones,” he said.

On how traffic police would chip in to help, he said: “We will depute constables to ensure that vehicles violating the laning system are fined.”

Traffic police couldn’t get most city bikers wear helmets. Let’s hope they fare better on the lane test.

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