Traffic lights will be installed at five more places inside the valley
Kathmandu, April 13
The Department of Roads is going to install traffic lights in five more places by the end of Ashar for traffic management in the Kathmandu Valley. According to the department, lights will be installed in Jadibuti, Koteshwor, Thapathali, Durbar Marg and Keshar Mahal in the current fiscal year.
According to the department, lights are being installed in Kathmandu Valley due to heavy traffic and passengers crossing the road. Chief of the Traffic Management and Traffic Branch, Krishnanath Ojha, informed that the installation will be made at five places and eight zebra crossings. Ojha said that some items of traffic lights have arrived and some are on the way.
According to him, the goods are being examined. Some goods are yet to arrive from abroad. A contract worth Rs. 15 lakh has been signed for these lights. He said, “The work of installation can be done within this year, work is going on continuously in other places as well.”
Among the places where the department is now installing lights, Thapathali and Jadibuti used to have lights. Earlier, a private company in Thapathali had installed lights at its own expense for testing. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which has expanded the Tinkune-Suryabinayak road, had installed lights. He said that the lights did not work and the old technology was being replaced with new technology.
The department has so far installed traffic lights at 19 places in the Kathmandu Valley. The department plans to put lights in six or seven more places. The work of installation traffic lights from Koteshwor to Kalanki section of the ring road will be done in the coming fiscal year. The Pokhara Municipality has already installed traffic lights in one place outside the Kathmandu Valley. It is also planned to install in Birgunj. Chief Ojha said that it is being demanded outside the Kathmandu Valley as well.
It has become easier for the traffic police to manage the roads at the places where lights are installed. The department has stated that good response is also coming from the passengers and drivers. It can be seen that the traffic police has been deployed at the crossroads to ensure that some passengers and drivers still do not understand the signal and ignore it.