The residents of Bengaluru woke up to a rather unusual setup recently with yellow chequered patterns at 11 traffic junctions. As much as these lines look out of place, the people of the city, which is well known for its crowded roads and bad traffic, were keen on these new designs on their usual pothole-filled roads.
The yellow chequered boxes indicate the area where motorists have to mandatorily clear the road and not stop. This space is meant to be clear before and after you enter the junction. The Bengaluru Traffic Police is monitoring the city with cameras and personnel on the ground to ensure that every violation in these zero-tolerance junctions is booked.
In a report by the Times of India, R. Hitendra, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), had said that these chequered lines were always part of the guidelines for road marking, but hardly used.
"The aim is to ensure pedestrian safety and decongest the city's junctions. The zigzag lines are meant for the safety of pedestrians. Motorists have this habit of parking or stopping their vehicles near the junction, thus blocking the vision of pedestrians crossing the road. If we are able to clear the areas near pedestrian crossings, accidents can be brought down," he pointed out.
The report further adds that there are 11 such junctions in the city, with 40 more expected soon. On Saturday, 1,800 cases were booked at these junctions alone.