Lalbazar has asked all traffic guards to identify fog-prone stretches in the city and take measures to ensure safe travel while negotiating these tricky stretches. Visibility drops to near zero in sections on Strand Road, Howrah Bridge, EM Bypass and Basanti Highway during winter.
A four-pronged strategy has been adopted to tackle the fog issue. First will be installation of solar LED light-fitted barricades at such low-visibility sections to slow down vehicles. The barricades will be put up in such a manner that they are clearly visible from a distance and don’t cause an accident instead of preventing it. All non-reflective barricades will be removed.
Two, Lalbazar will be using the new synthetic bumpers that they have procured recently. “All guards have been asked to quote their exact requirement. These bumpers will be set up on smaller roads right before they merge with the main roads. This will help cut down speed,” said an officer.
Third, traffic guards manning stretches adjoining open spaces like Bypass, Maidan and the Hooghly river have been asked to study the available illumination. “If the illumination is found to be inadequate, it needs to be brought to the notice of civic agencies for follow-up action,” another office said.
Fourth, all obstructions have to be removed from these stretches. This will include trimming of tree branches or re-engineering the traffic furniture so that vehicle flow is not hindered.
Cops said even barricades will be removed if there is too much fog on a section. “We have asked our men to set up nakas only at spots where there is clear visibility,” said an officer.
Beliaghata traffic guard has already taken a few steps to check accidents. “We have replaced all old road signs with reflectors. We have put reflectors on our guard rails and are blocking a portion of the left flank,” said a senior officer.