Commuters demand removal of outdated heavy metal cat’s eye

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APP51-10 ISLAMABAD: April 10 - The capital’s road commuters demanded removal of archaic metal cat’s eye on Kashmir Highway near Margalla Hotel which posing serious threat to their lives and inflicting damage to the vehicles. The road studs meant to give a slip at a U-turn installed by the civic authority recommended by the traffic police but according to the international road safety standards use of heavy metal cat’s eye is prohibited. (Please match the picture with story slugged “Commuters demand removal of outdated heavy metal cat’s eye” already been released). APP photo by Saeed-ul-Mulk

ISLAMABAD, Apr 10 (APP):The capital’s road commuters Tuesday demanded removal of archaic metal cat’s eye on Kashmir Highway Near Margalla Hotel which were posing serious threat to their lives and inflicting damage to the vehicles.
The road studs meant to give a slip at a U-turn are installed by the civic authority recommended by the Islamabad traffic police but according to the international road safety standards use of heavy metal cat’s eye is prohibited.
Shadab Khan a commuter, who daily travels on Kashmir Highway expressing his concern over the move, said the metal breakers were installed on fast-lane and it was just impossible to change the lane all of a sudden. He said he almost had a collision while avoiding these cats eye yesterday.
He demanded to remove these old fashioned studs and asked to replace them with rubber breakers.
Another commuter, Shahbaz Kiyani , said the idea to give a safe exit to the commuters taking U-turn was appreciative but such an irrational move to install heavy metal facility was a matter of grave concern.
When contacted, Director Roads North of Capital Development Authority (CDA) Manzoor Shah said these cat’s eyes were designed by their traffic engineering department to ensure the commuters slow down their vehicles at all cost to avoid any untoward incident.
“This is the only way to reduce the speed of vehicles on the roads and there is a replacement of a tyre but not for a human life” he remarked.
Director Roads and Maintenance Wing of CDA Khalid Asif said, “Actually their size is being increased to avoid the lane violation as a violator will receive a jerk as punishment due to its big size” , he added.
The commuters however have demanded to create more public awareness and create road sense to get rid of such harsh tactics to control commuters.