21 more junctions in city to get traffic signals

Project taken up under M-TRAC at a cost of Rs 40 crore

Henceforth zipping past a few prominent junctions in the city without stopping, will be a thing of the past.

The city police have planned to install signal lights at 21 more circles in the city to streamline the burgeoning traffic.

The traffic signals planned under the ambitious Mysore Traffic Automation Centre (M-TRAC) programme will come up in two phases, adding to the existing 60 plus signals in the city.

The programme modelled after B-TRAC in Bangalore, has been allocated Rs 40 crore in the State budget in the current fiscal, Police Commissioner M A Saleem told Deccan Herald.

Saleem said, in the first phase, at least 10 signals will be commissioned at the cost of Rs nine lakh to Rs 10 lakh each, with busy junctions like Visvesvaraya Circle (Ayurveda Hospital circle), Millenium Circle (LIC circle), Dr Rajkumar Circle (Gilani or Fountain circle), getting the facility. 

The three junctions fall under N R Traffic police limits, and arresting the traffic flow here was the need of the hour, owing to congestion during peak hours. 

In the recent monthly Traffic Advisory Committee meeting, a local had complained about the stoppage of KSRTC buses near the petrol bunk, at the time of arrival of buses from Bangalore side, which was causing hurdles, and leading to traffic pile up during peak hours.

The complaint at Irwin road junction was no different, as it is the only link road connecting KSRTC sub-urban bus stand and railway station. 

Barring a signal at Cheluvamba Hospital junction near railway station, there is free flow of traffic till Nehru Circle (on Irwin road) located after the Ayurveda College. 

It has become inevitable to install a signal, at Millenium Circle, as it is the main entry to the city from Bangalore side, branching towards Ashoka road and Bannimantap. 

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