The city traffic police department has suggested drastic changes on roads near 37 busy junctions in the city to reduce traffic congestion after conducting a survey along with Central Road Research Institute (CRRI).
Police have also drawn a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with CEPT University to explore technology-based solutions to traffic issues.
The traffic department stated this in the Gujarat High Court during a hearing on a petition filed by a city resident Mustak Kadri, through his advocate Amit Panchal, over traffic and civic problems. The depart- ment suggested changes at various spots, including at Iscon cross road, end of the flyover near Rajpath Club, Income Tax bridge, Gujarat University area, Anjali cross road, Nava Vadaj, Akhbarnagar circle etc.
The study suggested extending the bridge wall of Iskcon flyover towards Rajpath Club side by putting up a barricade in order to avoid vision obstruction at merging of traffic coming from the bridge and the road below. It is also suggested to extend metal fences by 30-40 metres in order to prevent entry of pedestrians from the bridge end, and to provide a higher metal fence from Iscon Bridge till Pakwan crossroad to prevent pedestrians from crossing the road by jumping over the metal fence. It also suggested putting up proper reflectors at the start of the median, which divides the service road and main road, in front of Jade Blue showroom.
The study suggested solutions to vision obstruction issues by putting road safety barriers before the start of the Thaltej underpass up to some distance towards Pakwan crossroad and providing a gap to join the service road before the start of the underpass.
In order to reduce speeding issues, the report has suggested to provide tabletop pedestrian crossing inside BRTS corridor for the traffic coming from Ramdevnagar cross road to Iscon cross road.
For pedestrians, it suggested providing a staggered pedestrian crossing on each side of the BRTS stand in the area. It has been suggested to provide foot paths on both sides of the north end of Anjali flyover to Vasna crossroad and also put up a metal fence on the median to prevent pedestrians’ crossing over medians at many places.