HYDERABAD: Even though various measures are being taken to improve traffic system in Hyderabad, the safety of the pedestrian is neglected, Cyberabad police commissioner CV Anand has said.
“Pedestrian safety is not a part of discussions on urban development. The traffic department is usually blamed for this problem, but there is a lack of proper infrastructure and that is the department of the municipal body,” said Anand during an interactive session on ‘Safety and Emergency Response’ at the XI Metropolis World Congress here on Wednesday.
“We have been trying to create traffic discipline. There are 221 junctions in the city which are monitored by traffic police. We have marked several zebra crossings and provided more U-turns to make it easier for commuters. However, these are just temporary issues.
Today even I am not confident of crossing a busy road and this is something which needs to be addressed,” Anand explained. Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahendar Reddy called for an integrated system for road safety. He said, “There is a need for an integrated system for road safety which will make GHMC, Water Board, traffic police and R&D as stakeholders in the system.”
Speed Limits on ORR
To arrest the growing incidence of accidents on the Outer Ring Road and to monitor rash driving, police have decided to fix speed limits for vehicles. The speed limit is 120 kmph on the first and second lanes and 140 kmph on the third and fourth lanes. The ‘minimum’ speed limit is 40 kmph on the ORR.
New Command Centre
A new command centre will be set up at Banjara Hills to take care of all disaster management and emergency related issued across the state of Telangana. It will be a 22-storeyed building with all kinds of urban facilities, Hyderabad police commissioner Mahendar Reddy said.