Mangaluru, Mar 18, 2015: Due to many fatal accidents at the Nanthoor and the KPT Junctions on National Highway 66, in the city limits, authorities have decided to install traffic signal lights, widen the roads and improve the junctions.
An offcial of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) told the meeting of the district road safety committee here on March 17, work on reducing the width of medians has already started at Nanthoor; the work was awarded very recently. Improvement works would be taken up at the KPT Junction too. The agency would also erect road humps on carriageways leading to the Nanthoor Junction, the representative told DK DC A.B. Ibrahim, who was in the chair. The MCC -Mangaluru City Corporation would install traffic lights at these junctions as suggested by the Mangaluru City Traffic Police, an MCC representative said.
Footpath barricades : As suggested by the traffic police to erect road medians and footpath grills at important roads, the corporation said that it would do so depending upon the availability of funds.
Police recommend footpath barricades on both sides of the following roads : Hampanakatte-Sujatha Cross-Navabharath Circle; A.B. Shetty Circle-Pandeshwara Katte-Yemmekere Cross; Bunts Hostel-City Hospital-Mallikatte-Shiva Bagh; Shiva Bagh-St. Agnes-Lower Bendorewell; Lalbagh-KSRTC-Kottara Cross-Kuntikan Junction; KSRTC-Bejai-Battagudde-KPT; Battagudde-Kadri Kambla Corss-Bharat Beedi Cross; Karangalpadi-Pinto Bakery-Bejai; Karavali Circle-Kankanadi-Valencia-Koti Chennaiah Circle-Mahanavamikatte-Morgan’s Gate; Kankanadi Junction-Highland Junction-Hampanakatte Circle; Hampanakatte- Muttappagudi Junction-Attavarakatte- KMC-Babugudde- Koti Chennaiah Circle and State Bank-Rao & Rao Circle-Lady Goschen Hospital-Clock Tower.
Police agree pedestrians’ lives were at risk across the city due to absence of barricades, which tempt them to cross roads at their will. Hence, barricades should be erected at the earliest, police stated.