What’s the point of a traffic signal if you can’t see it? This rhetorical question is a truth that commuters in Dwarka face every day. Traffic signals and timers are often hidden behind overgrown branches, but does DDA care? Nope.
Jitendra Taneja, a resident of Sector 18, complains: “There are many chowks and crossings where the signals are hidden behind overgrown branches. Like at Sector 22/23/20 chowk, Sector 8, Sector 9 and at Sector 7. DDA should ensure that the trees are pruned.”
Dwarka has wide roads and vehicles usually move at high speed. This makes the situation even more dangerous. The crossings at the KM Chowk, Sector 10/11, Sector 13/14, Sector 8/9, Sector 6/10 and several others need immediate attention.
Vishal Gupta, a resident of Lovely Home in Sector 5, says, “Timers are not visible, which is a serious concern at some of the signals. Also, at some places timers are hidden due to the electric poles in front of them. This is problem at the chowk near Dwarka International School and at Ashirvad Chowk. The chowk of Sector 3/4/12/13 signals, too, are hidden. Even if the red signal is somehow visible, the green signal is difficult to discern because of green leaves. The traffic police and horticulture department should take the matter seriously and do the needful, as it affects safety on roads.”
From time to time, joint surveys by traffic police, DDA, social organisations and resident bodies have happened, but nothing effective materialised on the ground. The problem has also been raised during police-public meeting and in meetings with the DDA. But despite all efforts, the problem persists.
Speaking on the issue, ACP Traffic, Dwarka, Manish Jorwal, said, “A letter for pruning of overgrown branches had been sent to the DDA — a reminder was also sent recently. We have also asked the agencies maintaining the signals to make the signals visible if electric poles are in front of them. We are aware of the issues, and are working to resolve them.”