Traffic signal lights functional after seven years in Imphal
IMPHAL, 13th Nov: After a hiatus of seven years, traffic signal light system in Imphal city has started functioning from Tuesday. The Congress government sanctioned Rs 1,93,75,000 in 2005 for the traffic light system and installation was completed in 2011. After a brief period of operation, the traffic signal light system stopped and remained defunct since then. Recently, the BJP government contracted the Hyderabad-based Sun Technologies Private Limited, whose mechanics retrofitted the signal lights near the chief minister’s bungalow under the supervision of additional SP traffic control unit and it started functioning from Tuesday. As there are differences in traffic volume according to time of the day, the light system was set differently at intervals of two, three and four hours. As the light system started functioning on trial basis, several traffic policemen were also deployed there to raise awareness among the public and enforce traffic rules to the commuters. According to an official of the Hyderabad based company, they are prioritising the traffic points near CM’s bungalow, Raj Bhavan and Kangla western gate. The LED display units for displaying time count down were found non-functional and they have ordered the display unit. Once the three traffic points started functioning, they will also repair the signal system in eight other points including Kwakeithel, Keishampat, Singjamei Chingamakhong and Khoyathong. Mention may be made here that chief minister N Biren had earlier announced the government’s plan to make the traffic signal light system functional soon in a social media post. The BJP government had also constituted an enquiry committee to conduct investigation into the installation of traffic signal light system during the Congress government. Two engineers of PWD electrical division were also suspended on charge of irregularities in the installation works.