Mumbai: Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey has urged the civic body to paint clear markings on city streets which is an important visual indicator to influence road user behavior and prevent accidents. City officials said they have started the process and will send a team to Pandey’s office to figure out which streets should be prioritized.
“Crosswalks, stop lines and lane markers are blurred even on some thoroughfares like Marine Drive,” said lawyer and activist Armin Wandrewala. She added that taxi drivers and motorcyclists often stop above washed-out zebra crossings, instead of behind them, near the Bombay High Court.
“If the lane markings are clear, there is a greater chance that they will be followed because it has a psychological impact on the road user. Lane markings are as important as zebra crossings in maintaining discipline in the lanes,” Wandrewala said.
Campaigners said the problem of unclear road markings dates back decades. “Faded street markings were a problem even in 2007-08 when I was associated with the BMC Supreme Committee,” said transport campaigner AV Shenoy. “The job may not cost the civic body expensive, but it seems to be very low on its list of priorities,” he said.
Local groups said it was high time to use durable paints. “Street signage is equally important but is often absent, such as one-way street signs, parking signs or slowdown signs near schools and hospitals,” said Dhaval Shah of Citizens’ Associations. by Lokhandwala Oshiwara. Deputy City Commissioner (Infrastructure), Rajan Talkar, said high pollution levels are one of the factors preventing the paintings from staying long. “The BMC should look for alternatives and the latest technologies instead of sticking to conservative methods. It is important to seek a permanent solution. They could start with the busy streets,” Shenoy said.
Pandey posted on social media that luminescent paints would be applied to the streets. “It’s basically thick, white paint,” said Additional City Commissioner P Velrasu. “Road markings are an essential tool for ensuring safety. But it is essential to ensure, especially in the case of pedestrian crossings, that both ends of the crossing are accessible,” said Dhawal Ashar of WRI India.