Pelican signals to ease pedestrian woes

These signals, which can be operated by pedestrians, will be installed in 25 locations across city.

By Author  |  Published: 6th Jan 2017  8:02 pm
Pelican Signals
Rythu Bazar in Mehdipatnam is one of the junctions proposed to set up pelican signal. Photo: Hrudayanand.

Hyderabad: On the lines of the proposal floated by the Cyberabad Traffic Police, the Hyderabad Traffic Police too is planning to install Pelican traffic signals in the city, thus giving pedestrians as well an equal right to use the road.

Pelican signals, which can be operated by pedestrians when they want to cross the road, will be installed in 25 locations across the city, out of which 10 have been finalised already. “The existing mechanism has failed in a big way to ensure safety of pedestrians. The pedestrian areas and footpaths were removed without considering their importance, in order to satisfy the needs of vehicular traffic,” says A V Ranganath, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic-II.

The 25 locations where the signals are to be set up are near hospitals, schools, courts and colleges among others. “More than cross roads, T-junctions or Y-junctions, the need for such signals is at places with high flow of pedestrians. Taking this into consideration, stretches located near hospitals, schools, markets, colleges, courts and others were taken as priority,” the DCP said.

Ten such areas have already been approved by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to take up installation of the signals soon.

“We finalised 10 locations after two surveys, by a team comprising officials from the Traffic Police, BHEL and GHMC,” he said, adding that the remaining 15 places would be finalised after another round of surveys shortly. In Cyberabad, where the surveys were still on, the proposal is to install Pelican signals at 30 locations, with 18 to be installed in the first phase.

Pelican signals allow pedestrians to walk across the road after pressing the switch on the signal on their side, once the green signal appears at the other end. The system ensures enough time for pedestrians to cross, with the system to be based on the crossing distance and walking speed of a pedestrian. This is adjusted based on each junction, traffic pattern and the distance across the road at the particular junction.

The 10 locations proposed

• St.Ann’s High School, Secunderabad
• Yashoda Hospital, Somajiguda
• Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Panjagutta
• Shadan Degree College and PG College for Women, Khairatabad
• Rythu Bazar, Mehdipatnam
• Street Number 6, Habsiguda
• Central Reserve Police Force, Chandrayanagutta
• Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium, SD Road
• Osmania General Hospital, Afzalgunj
• High Court, Charminar