Summer is upon us, and temperatures all over the country have been soaring indiscriminately. Heat strokes are a very real possibility in this weather. Commuting in this heat is nearly intolerable, and it is worse for those who commute on two-wheeler vehicles. Waiting at traffic signals for 60-130 seconds, exposed to the Sun, is a pain for most.
Temperature has already risen to 42 degrees in Kurnool, a town in the hot zone of Rayalaseema region and is expected to climb even further.
To beat this, the Municipality of Kurnool has come up with an ingenious idea. They have placed canopies of net across the city’s major traffic junctions such as the Collector’s office, at Raj Vihar, and the KMC Bus stand to give some relief to motorcyclists.
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This initiative has received accolades on social media. According to the My city-KURNOOL Facebook page, CB Harinatha Reddy, Municipal Commissioner of Kurnool, got the idea from a person during an interactive session on the page.
The Commissionerate ensured the arrangement of these canopies in four busy junctions of the city within no time.
Speaking to The News Minute, Kurnool Traffic DySP Ganagaiah said, “This initiative by the MCK is a great gesture. Many motorists take shelter under the net and feel relaxed for a good minute. Motorists are appreciating the idea.”
The Municipal Corporation has spent almost three lakhs on this idea and will be adding to the number of nets.
Incidentally, this is not the first time such an initiative has been taken up. The Better India had earlier run a story on Nagpur implementing a similar measure to prevent motorists from jumping red lights.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)