Bangalore’s traffic is often at the receiving end of commuters and citizens’ ire. But here’s something that should earn the Bangalore Traffic Police some brownie points. The BTP is trying to make a significant contribution towards environment conservation by using solar energy to power its traffic signals.
On the green initiative, MA Saleem, assistant traffic commissioner, says, “Solar energy has definitely contributed towards lowering our consumption electricity. We now save about `1.70 lakh annually.”
Currently, nearly all traffic signals in Bangalore are fitted with solar panels.
“As of now, 343 regular traffic signals, 52 pedestrian signals and 625 blinkers run on solar energy. Our target is to ensure that each and every traffic signal installed in the city, eventually, runs on solar energy,” he says.
The BTP’s efforts don’t end with eco-friendly traffic signals. The traffic department has been raising awareness on the need to reduce honking.
The idea being that noise is as much a pollutant of the environment. “This is not an initiative aimed just for World Environment Day. We have been running the campaign for quite a while. Strict action will be taken against people who have loud horns installed in their vehicles. Emission is another issue that we have been battling against and have partnered with the transport department in this. Going green is a priority for Bangalore Traffic Police,” says Saleem.