Despite the efforts of transforming the federal capital into a smart city like Lahore, it seems that the authorities have remained unsuccessful in implementing the basic traffic regulations. A senior official of the traffic police of Islamabad informed that just 40pc of the traffic signals in Islamabad are functional which are installed at the various intersections. The senior official shared this information while talking to the National Newswire Agency APP.
As per the official, in spite of repeated requests to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) from the ITP, there are just 83 signals throughout the federal capital, out of them only 33 signals are working properly, while the other 50 signals which roughly makes 60pc are not working properly.
Earlier in November, it was in reports that nearly 600 cameras of the Safe City project were not operating well which further added to the delay behind the automation of tasks in Islamabad.
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Regarding the malfunctioning traffic signals the official said that the Islamabad Traffic Police have indicated this repeatedly about the faulty signals to the CDA, the authority which needs to make sure to provide on time maintenance of the traffic infrastructure. He further added that it is apparent that owing to the financial barriers, they have so far received no response from CDA.
The ITP official requested the senior officers to take the needed measures and to pass required instructions to the concerned authorities as malfunctioning traffic signals could become a cause of fatal road accidents.
In the meantime, a CDA official from the Traffic and Engineering Wing has given confirmation that the ITP has underline the problem many times, however, CDA is also restricted owing to the financial limits.
He also mentioned that a proposal has been sent to the Engineering and Maintenance Wing, which has finalized it and forwarded it to the higher authorities for final approval.
On the other side, the CDA officials deny the claims of ITP official, they say that are there are total 104 signals installed in the federal capital Zone-I, out of them, 16 are not functional and 13 are closed owing to various reasons.