dna special: Flyovers & under-passes, new kids traffic park to have it all in Ahmedabad

Monday, 6 January 2014 - 1:37pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
It will come up on SG Highway, will have state-of-the-art facilities

After a gap of 35 years, the city is all set to get its second children traffic park with state-of-the art facilities. The park, to be established near RC Technical School on SG Highway, will educate children about the current traffic condition of the city and rules to follow on the roads.  

According to traffic police officials, the new park will be bigger and better than the earlier one at Sardar Baug near Nehru bridge.

The first park was established in 1979 to provide training as well as inculcate a sense of discipline among the children.

HK Patel, additional commissioner of police (AdCP)-traffic, said the new and improved traffic children park will be built in near future on SG Highway.

“For many years, 8,000 sq metres of our land near RC Technical School has been lying vacant. The plot is currently used to park towed and seized vehicles. However, it was actually allotted for a children’s park,” said Patel, who is heading the project.

Even today, the signboard outside the towing station reads— ‘Traffic Police Children Park’.

However, for some unknown reasons, the project never took off.

Officials of Sardar Baug Children’s Traffic Park also confirmed the developments and claimed that some architects visited the park a few days ago and took measurements. 

“They may retain many elements of the old park. However, the new one will be bigger in size with state-of-the-art facilities,” said a park official, who gives traffic-related lessons to the visiting children.

“We have roads and signals just like in the city, though on a miniature scale. We take children on a bicycle ride and give lessons on rules to follow and what to keep in mind while driving vehicles,” the official added. 

According to the officials, since the geography of the city has changed drastically in last 35 years, the new park will have some new elements like flyovers and under-passes.

Instead of bicycles, police are considering introducing electric vehicles to give children real life-like experience of traffic conditions in the city, sources said.

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