Who will show the green signal?

Both, the district administration and the City Municipal Council (CMC), are evading the responsibility of repairing the traffic signal that has been out of order for the last six months.

An emergency meeting of the CMC officers and the members was called on Tuesday to discuss the issue. After going through the files, the CMC has clarified that the maintenance of the traffic signals does not come under its jurisdiction. It is the responsibility of the district administration, it said.

Not consulted
The deputy commissioner had directly issued a sum of Rs 9.80 lakh to the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to install the signal poles. The district administration had not consulted the CMC on the matter. While the CMC had not even earmarked funds for the installation or maintenance of traffic signals in the City. Hence, the CMC is in no way responsible for the maintenance and repair work of the traffic signal poles, said CMC President B A Lokesh Kumar.

The funds allocated to the CMC is not sufficient to take up development works in the City. The district administration is ignoring the CMC by not approving the development works, he alleged.

DC not happy
However, Deputy Commissioner Dr N Manjula has expressed her dissatisfaction over the functioning of the CMC. The CMC has failed to take up development works on the expected lines. It has neglected various civic problems, including the repair of roads and underground drainages in the City.

According to the sources in the Police department, it is six months since the traffic signal at the Shidlaghatta Circle had been out of order. This was hampering the smooth flow of traffic. The traffic police and the commuters were finding it difficult everyday. It was high time somebody took the responsibility of getting it repaired on a priority basis, they added.

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