Green light for robot project

2012-10-22 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality has given a green light to installing robots at intersections that are accident prone in the city and surrounding areas.

Last week the Executive Committee (Exco) meeting approved recommendations to install the traffic lights and an amount of R129 233,13 has been set aside for the project.

The initial report only listed seven intersections that were going to be prioritised, but Democratic Alliance Exco member Mergan Chetty argued that for five years the community of Deccan Road in Northdale had been complaining to council about the need to install a robot at the intersection of Olympia Way and Deccan Road. This intersection needed to be included as a matter of urgency as it is situated next to a school, he said.

Msunduzi Municipality manager Mxolisi Nkosi dismissed this, saying that the project was a pilot, and once the first phase is complete, other areas will be looked at.

But Chetty would not take no for an answer and pressured the council to include the Olympia Way and Deccan Road intersection, which was later approved by council.

It was not long after that ANC Exco member Eunice Majola reminded council that her area in Glenwood also had submitted a request for robots to be installed at the intersection of Bishopstowe and Starling roads, a very busy intersection near Eastwood.

Deputy municipal manager for infrastructure services Thokozani Maseko told the council that the intersections that were considered for robots were based on letters submitted by affected community members.

But in the end, the council agreed to install robots in the nine following areas: Archie Gumede/Reggie Hadebe and Gladys Manzi roads, Willowfontein/Nozulu roads, Willowfontein Road/Route 9, Karel Landman /Reggie Hadebe and Blaydon roads, Ohrtmann/Promed roads, Mysore/Bombay roads, Olympia Way/ Deccan Road, Ridge /New England roads and Bishopstowe / Starling roads.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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