Udupi: Pit dug for traffic signal on national highway - Death trap for motorists

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Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (HB/EP)

Udupi, Jun 29: A five-foot deep pit dug to erect a traffic signal on the national highway at Ambagilu seems to be death trap for motorists using the road.

There was pressure from the public for traffic signals or speed breakers to control the increasing traffic density in Udupi. Therefore, Manipal’s Tiger Circle was demolished for widening the highway and a traffic signal was erected on an experimental basis under Smart City Udupi project.

Ambagilu is another entrance to reach Udupi. It also directly connects national highway 66. To solve problems for smooth flow of traffic, there were plans to erect traffic signals like the one installed at Manipal, at other 12 traffic junctions in the city. As there is no suitable maintenance at the signal erected at Tiger Circle, it is necessary to run to cross the road.

The five-foot deep pit was dug for the second traffic signal near Ambagilu junction beside the national highway. There is no progress in the work even after a week. The national highway authority has obtained a stay order from the court to stop erecting signal lights on national highways. The Smart City work has stopped halfway and the pit has remained as it was. The members of the municipal council had raised the issue in their general meeting recently.

Mud is likely to cave in around the pit during rain. Sticks are erected around the pit and plastic tape is put up for the time being to warn the vehicles passing on the road. Officials should really think if it is safe enough to do so.

The police department has informed the vendor company about Kalsanka junction, old Diana circle, Triveni junction, Jodu Katte junction, Bannanje junction, MGM junction, Kiribeedu junction, Karavali junction, Balaipade junction, Ambalapadi junction, Ambagilu junction, Santhekatte junction, Syndicate junction and MIT junction points. The traffic police informed that there was no written communication in this connection.

As the pit for the signal was dug without obtaining permission from the national highway authority, the work is suspended for the time being. The highway authority has clarified that poles for signal lights are not permitted on national highways.

The municipal council approval, public wellbeing and safety of lives is equally important during implementation of Smart City projects. The present incident shows that work is being done violating rules. Motorists are facing danger and the concerned department needs to wake up and take action before an untoward incident takes place.




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  • Sandy, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 29 2022

    Traffic signal on a HIGHWAY !!! Ha ha ha!!

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  • VM, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 29 2022

    Why do they always build highways to cut through cities especially in our part of karnataka. Why no bypass roads at all?

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  • Sandy, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 29 2022

    There is no concept of highways or expressways here. People here think highway is just another road and even conduct vaarada santhe on highway!! Bypass road means more land acqusition which means more money required and lot of kiri kiri from people whose land is being acquired. Yerag bodu avvu poora kiri kiri, Yenakalu inchane!!

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  • Robert Rodrigues, Muscat

    Wed, Jun 29 2022

    Nowadays polititians and municipal bodies became the AGENTS OF YAMA

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Jun 29 2022

    wow...so far i was saying that riding on indian roads is like dancing with death...but here i should say jumping to death...as i say third world country...these perils one has to bear and move on..or die spot on

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