60% of capital’s traffic signals found to be out of order

ITP official urges authorities concerned to take immediate action


APP January 19, 2019
PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) on Friday revealed that majority of traffic signals installed at different intersections of the capital roads were out of order, terming the issue one of the main reasons behind its poor performance. "There are total 83 signals across the capital, out of which only 40 per cent are functional and 60 percent are in dilapidated conditions," a senior official of ITP said.

He complained about Capital Development Authority's (CDA) indifferent response despite its repeated requests for the timely repair of the faulty signals.

Faulty traffic signals causing fatal crashes

The officials said ITP had complained about the malfunctioning of signals to the concerned departments several times, but received no response apparently due to financial constraints.

He urged the authorities concerned to take immediate action and pass necessary directives to repair the faulty signals, which might lead to fatal accidents. CDA was supposed to give safety guidelines to the road users and timely maintenance of the traffic infrastructure, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2019.

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