Over One Third of Yangon Traffic Lights to be Upgraded

Tenders will be invited to upgrade Yangon’s old traffic lights as part of the process to solve the business capital’s worsening traffic congestion and to better enforce traffic rules, according to an official from the auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha.

Some traffic lights in use in Yangon operate on the urban electrical grid, and they risk shutting down when the power supply is cut off, which causes more traffic problems.

Bids will be invited to implement upgrades or replacements of those traffic lights to improve the traffic conditions, said U Hla Aung, chair of Ma Hta Tha.

“Drivers break rules and even take the opposite side of the road to overpass a long traffic jam. So we are planning to replace traffic lights. We have reconditioned traffic lights before but they didn’t improve the situation.

“Traffic situation in 8-mile junction has improved because it is regulated by CCTV cameras. Other junctions still have problems because traffic lights there have to rely on electricity. We will invite tenders to replace those traffic lights,” said U Hla Aung.

The traffic lights will be upgraded by adopting Japanese technology, and discussions with related departments will be carried out to implement this as soon as possible, said Ma Hta Tha.

There are 165 traffic lights in Yangon, of which 65 needs to be upgraded in the near future to relieve the traffic congestion problems

Source: Myanmar Business Today

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