Chota Motala: robot failure blamed on cable theft

2011-06-29 00:00

THE traffic congestion that has been the subject of complaints by motorists using the Chota Motala bridge near the N3 construction site has been attributed to a faulty cable that feeds the robots there.

The robots have been working intermittently, but for the past two nights they stopped working altogether, which has caused an outcry among road users.

A motorist who wished to remain anonymous said that last week two taxis collided when the robots failed to work because there was no traffic officer to control the flow of vehicles.

“How can the municipality afford not put traffic officers in that particular spot until their electricians have been able to fix this problem? ” he asked.

The switchboard at The Witness has been flooded with calls from angry motorists asking about the robot failure.

One said the stretch is hazardous enough because of the narrowed carriageway and the ongoing reconstruction of the bridge.

A spokesperson for Msunduzi Municipality, Brian Zuma, said, “Our staff is working to fix a faulty cable that feeds the robots at Chota Motala.”

Zuma said the robot problem is bigger than the municipality had expected because a cable that affects the robot controller has been stolen.

He said the problem would have been fixed by yesterday evening, but the electricians had been hampered by the cable theft.

Traffic officers were sent to monitor and control traffic, especially at peak hours, Zuma said.

“We have ordered a new robot controller, which will be delivered in the morning [today] and installed.

“In the meantime we are going to post traffic officers to monitor and control the traffic during peak hours.”

Zuma said the problem should be sorted out by this afternoon.


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