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New name for Ahmedabad - 'City of the count-down clocks' Wednesday, April 11, 2001
Ahmedabad will shortly be the first city in the country to have the largest number of countdown clocks installed at various traffic junctions.
Mr Samiullah Ansari, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) commenting on the installation of these clocks said, "Almost half of the existing traffic signals have been provided with the facility of count down clocks and that the remaining work would get accomplished in a few months."
Mr Ansari further said, "The city will soon have 120 count down clocks situated at 30 traffic junctions. As many as 60 count down clocks are already put up in various places in the city. According to the plan, 50 other clocks will be put up by the end of April.
The government is paying 40 per cent of the total cost and the rest is being borne by various private business houses who will get an opportunity to advertise their names on the back of the clocks.
Mr Ansari said that sponsorship has been incorporated from private players in order to activate the installation process and that the cost incurred in the installation and procurement of each clock is around Rs 33,000.
Mr Ansari elucidating about the underlying cause for installation of these clocks said, "The installation of these clocks will lead to pollution check, will save fuel and reduce stress to some extent. The drivers would now exactly know when to ignite their engine.
The clocks will also reduce other hassles associated with the traffic bandwagon. It will reduce cases of signal jumping, and accidents at junctions." The initially installed sound signals at various traffic junctions had to be removed, as it caused noise pollution to the near by residents.
The newly installed clocks are going to be an improvement to the existing ones. The clocks will have an overhead cover so that the lights can be visible even with the sun overhead, and the Light Illuminated Display will be 25 per cent more than the existing ones.
According to estimates, there will be a significant amount of fuel saved. In Ahmedabad there are about 12 lakhs vehicles and about 50 per cent are on the road everyday. If local commuters switch off their engines at junctions which have clocks for about one minutes per day that means it that about 10,000 hours of fuel is saved, according to Mr Ansari, which he said is a significant saving per day.
News Source - Asian Age