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Traffic signal installed on a slope in Porvorim

Porvorim: The junction near the Holy Family School and Devashree Garden in Porvorim has turned out to be a dangerous spot due to the installation of a traffic signal on a slope.

The National Highway 17 witnesses’ massive flow of traffic during the entire day which makes the stretch a deadly spot for vehicles plying on this route especially towards Panjim.

The riders plying along the Mapusa- Panjim route of the NH-17 as well as those commuting on the internal roads are facing a serious problem. The junction is in a complete mess and motorists face problem halting while moving up the slope. Due to the heavy traffic flow, the locals find it difficult to commute smoothly along the internal roads.

When Herald contacted the DySP Traffic Cell North, Dharmesh Angle as to what parameters were taken into consideration while installing a traffic signal at a particular location.“The vehicle count at a particular junction is calculated and the number of roads leading to the junction,” Angle said.

When asked if it was apt to erect a signal on a slope, Angle replied, “It depends on the vehicle count in that particular area”.

Porvorim resident Anthony Alphonso, who travels daily along the route said vehicles moving from Mapusa towards Panjim will face a little problem as they have to halt on a slope.

“No one follows the signal, although the red light is flashing people don’t stop and then those who want to enter the by lane face a problem. Those moving towards Panjim have a problem as they have to safely stop their car while moving uphill. If vehicles do not maintain sufficient space or if the driver is a learner this could further lead to accidents. A policeman should be deployed at this junction,” he added.

Another local said, “The signal here close to the school is very helpful as this is a very busy road but it is not placed in a proper area. One can also notice that at a little distance from the traffic signal there is a bus stop. The people moving towards Panjim again face a further problem if a bus makes a halt here. This is a clear sign of bad planning by the concerned department”.

The locals are demanding that the authorities look into this issue and find a solution at the earliest. [H]

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