Traf­fic jam

Fiji Sun - - Comments - Sachida Rao, Nau­sori

It is so stress­ful and frus­trat­ing to be caught in a traf­fic jam. It nor­mally takes around 30 min­utes to drive from Nau­sori to Suva. It took me 90 min­utes yes­ter­day. This is not an ex­ag­ger­a­tion. On Fri­day Septem­ber 30, I was on the Rewa Bridge at 6.30am and reached Suva at 8am. The route that I took was 20 kilo­me­tres and the time was 90 min­utes. Thus, the av­er­age speed was ap­prox­i­mately 13.5 kilo­me­tres per hour. What was the rea­son? The traf­fic jam start­ing just af­ter the Rewa Bridge and all the way to Suva.

There was prob­a­bly a bit of jam-free here and there, but not more than 100 me­tres at any one time.

I had a very tensed and stress­ful drive in the morn­ing. Such an ex­pe­ri­ence in the morn­ing re­ally af­fects the pro­duc­tion level of any worker.

Col­lec­tively, this can af­fect the eco­nomic growth of the na­tion. My re­quest to the au­thor­i­ties is to find so­lu­tions to this es­ca­lat­ing prob­lem. I cham­pion clean en­vi­ron­ment, but feel guilty be­cause of the ex­tra vol­ume of smoke emit­ted from my car be­cause of the ex­tra driv­ing hours caused by the traf­fic jam. The in­flux of cars on the road will con­tinue be­cause fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions are of­fer­ing af­ford­able packages. For ex­am­ple, at just 10 per cent de­posit one can be­come the owner of a ve­hi­cle. The ques­tion is how are the au­thor­i­ties go­ing to counter this sud­den in­crease of ve­hi­cles?

Please take this as a plea from a dis­ap­pointed and frus­trated driver.

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