Round­about traf­fic lights may be re­moved if pub­lic com­plains

The Myanmar Times - - News - AYE NYEIN WIN ayenyein­win@mm­

YAN­GON Re­gion Trans­port Author­ity will dis­con­tinue traf­fic lights at round­abouts if they are in­con­ve­nient for driv­ers, sec­re­tary U Maung Aung of YRTA told The Myan­mar Times on Septem­ber 12.

On Tues­day, China Rail­ways Cor­po­ra­tion Com­pany – which was ap­proved to up­grade the traf­fic light and CCTV sys­tem in Yan­gon – tested traf­fic lights in U Htaung Bo, Han­thar­wady and U Wis­ara roads.

Most driv­ers dis­like the lights and com­plain that traf­fic con­ges­tion has in­creased.

“We are just test­ing the sys­tem as it was in­tro­duced in the project. If we hear that the driv­ers find it in­con­ve­nient, we will use the man­ual sys­tem. We can’t say right now,” said U Maung Aung.

Some peo­ple have protested on so­cial me­dia against the in­stal­la­tion of the lights, say­ing they only worsen traf­fic jams. The test­ing was stopped at noon on Septem­ber 12.

The traf­fic con­trol cen­tre was built at Peo­ple’s Park in May. It will con­trol all traf­fic lights in Yan­gon, es­pe­cially at the busiest in­ter­sec­tions.

A to­tal of 140 traf­fic lights and 288 CCTV cam­eras have been in­stalled in the Yan­gon Re­gion and have been op­er­at­ing since May 2017. The govern­ment has plans to equip all 154 traf­fic lights in the Yan­gon Re­gion with CCTVs.

Photo: Aung htay Hlaing

Cars wait at U Htaung Bo Cir­cle on Septem­ber 12.

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