The temperature is rising at an alarming rate, and people are worried about the very real possibility of a heat stroke. While getting out and commuting in this weather is a task in itself, people who do so regularly on bikes are not willing to further wait at traffic lights for as long as 60-130 seconds.
In Kurnool, a town in the hot zone of the Rayalaseema region, the mercury has already hit 42 degrees Celsius and is only climbing. Which is why the Municipality of Kurnool has come up with a ‘cool’ idea.
Authorities have placed canopies made of nets across the city's main traffic junctions. These canopies are now providing shade and a welcome relief from the heat near the Collector's office, at Raj Vihar, and the KMC, Bus stand.
The initiative is receiving huge applause on social media. Speaking about the initiative, CB Harinatha Reddy, Municipal Commissioner of Kurnool said that he got the idea from a member of the public during an interaction session on the ‘My city- KURNOOL’ Facebook page.
He said, "As the collector was also looking for ideas, we brought this to his notice, and within short time we have arranged for these canopies in four main junctions."
He further added, "We have also spoken to commercial establishments and banks across Kurnool, and have requested them to set up these canopies around their premises as well. This will help provide some relief to customers in this soaring heat.”
Speaking to TNM, 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."
He added, "In present conditions, it is tough to stand even a minute in the heat. Thankfully, it's been two weeks since the nets were fixed, and it's been very useful.”
The municipal corporation has spent nearly Rs 3 lakh on this initiative, and will be increasing the number of nets.
Although there is some risk involved of the canopies and the poles holding them up falling on commuters, most people have welcomed the move. “We are happy many are appreciating us through media and social media," Harinath said.