Jammu: After waiting for decades, the Jammu city, with about five lakh vehicles, Saturday got its first traffic lights at 10 intersections. Even though the city of Jammu has wide and well built roads but absence of traffic lights made things extremely difficult for city dwellers because of very heavy traffic rush. Wading through Banglore’s traffic can sound like cakewalk when you driving in Jammu during peak hours.
The new traffic signals were inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand who said the traffic light project was undertaken by the Jammu Municipal Corporation at a cost of Rs.2.50 crore.
“Out of the total of 30 lights installed, in the first instance 10 have been commissioned and the rest would be dedicated to the city in a phased manner,” he said.
According to official figures, Jammu has about 350 km of roads for five lakh vehicles, excluding those of visiting tourists, pilgrims and security agencies.
Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Manmohan Singh said they were expecting the traffic movement to get streamlined with the new traffic lights.
-with inputs from IANS