Scared of crossing at busy roads and junctions, there is a new initiative from the civic body as
a boon for pedestrians.
This is the first time, pedestrians in the city have some relief that allows the pedestrians to
walk or cross the road by changing traffic signal using the push buttons at traffic junctions.
Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, a walkability project part has installed at the D Mart
and Swami Vivekanand Chowk in Kopar Khairane, push buttons at the junctions.
Similar push buttons are also installed at Purushottam Khedkar chowk, Swami Samarth
Chowk in Airoli, near Mukund Company on Thane-Belapur road, near Bharat Bijlee and
These devices were installed on Wednesday and are expected to be activated in a day or two.
Ramaswamy N, the Municipal Commissioner said, “The traffic signals have a vital role in
traffic control and at the school opening and closing time in the morning, noon and evening,
residents and students in large numbers, especially at the traffic signals near schools women
keep waiting to cross busy roads. Even pregnant women, senior citizens and physically
challenge people face serious problems when it comes to busy junctions crossing roads’.
In this system, the signals are at the junction all four sides and pedestrians can cross the road by
pushing the buttons, so that it turns green for Pedestrians, while red for vehicles.
Ramaswamy said, “This will help the residents and also promote walkability project that aims
at ensuring uninterrupted walking.” Residents have appreciated this move.