KOLKATA: Kolkata Traffic Police has started the process of installing two new traffic signals on Ballygunge Circular Road — one at the intersection with Deodhar Street and the other with Dover Road — following two fatal accidents involving bikers. Cops are also mulling use of thermo-plastic line marking (demarcating the pavement from the road so that it is easily visible even in fog) and setting up digital speed display boards and speed cameras along with spring posts to stop accidents.
“Earlier, we had set up two speed retarders — plastic strips that act as bumpers — at the two crossings on Ballygunge Circular Road. The traffic signal will be for additional safety. If we do find the signal impeding the flow of normal traffic, we will have a rethink,” said an officer at Lalbazar.
Sources in East traffic guard said they had already set up “Go Slow” flexes (especially at the two points where the road bends) and have received the mandatory sanction from Lalbazar to set up a new speed camera. The cops are also mulling painting Go Slow slogans at certain points on the road surface so that it is visible from a distance.
A separate report is being prepared that will take into account the illumination on the stretch. “We had coordinated with agencies concerned barely a few days back. We might do so again if this can help stop accidents,” said an officer.
The local guard though have shot down plans to set up guard rails to demarcate specific lanes. “Any other effort to regulate flow of traffic will lead to lane infringement as it is merely a two-lane road. Since this road is used by some important functionaries of this city, we cannot think of slowing down the average speed on this stretch without a very strong clause,” said a police source.