Traffic lights back in Mogadishu after two decades

Traffic lights are back in Mogadishu for the first time in two decades.

Traffic lights back in Mogadishu after two decades

For the first time in two decades, traffic lights are back in the streets of Somali's chaos-plagued capital, Mogadishu.

The municipal authorities have already installed traffic lights at Hawo Tako intersection near the presidential palace to test drivers' adherence to traffic laws.

They plan to install traffic lights at 54 intersections across the capital.

"The signals will help control the flow of traffic for both cars and pedestrians, and everyone should pay attention to the signals to avoid accidents," traffic police chief Ali Harsi Berri was quoted by local media as saying.

"Traffic policemen would fine violators," he warned, stopping short of specifying the fine.

Somalia has been in the grip of political violence since the ouster of Siad Barre in 1991.

The streets of the capital have been severely damaged by the civil war, causing several deadly road accidents.

Recently, several Turkish agencies launched projects to fix several main roads in Mogadishu, including those connecting the presidential palace to the airport.

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Last Mod: 10 Kasım 2013, 13:22
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