Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana. nam­biar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

With an in­crease in ve­hi­cle pop­u­la­tion across Kalyan- Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( KDMC), roads in the city have turned into a mess.

The Kalyan rail­way sta­tion, one of the prime lo­ca­tions in the city, is congested with traf­fic 24x7.

The KDMC for the first time has planned to pre­pare an in­te­grated plan for traf­fic man­age­ment to tackle road con­ges­tion.

The civic body’s stand­ing com­mit­tee has ap­proved the plan to in­vite a pri­vate en­tity to look into this and de­velop a de­tailed i nte g rated plan to man­age the city’s traf­fic move­ment.

On Mon­day, KDMC stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man San­deep Gaikar gave a nod to the plan.

He de­cided to hire a pri­vate agency from Navi Mum­bai to chalk out the plan in the next three months.

“It is high time that the city had an in­te­grated plan for the traf­fic flow which will help ease road con­ges­tion. Most res­i­dents of Kalyan and Dom­bivli have their own ve­hi­cles and the num­ber of ve­hi­cle ply­ing in the city has in­creased,” said Gaikar.

“We need to find out a so­lu­tion on traf­fic man­age­ment. We have de­cided to in­vite a pri­vate firm to do the job and help the civic body im­ple­ment the so­lu­tions,” he added.

The pri­vate firm will con­duct a de­tailed sur­vey on the traf­fic flow with the help of the traf­fic po­lice and it will pre­pare a de­vel­op­ment plan re­port and sub­mit it to the civic body af­ter three months for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

In its study and sur­vey the agency will look into the traf­fic re­lated prob­lems, the routes which causes con­ges­tion, the traf­fic flow, how it is man­aged by the traf­fic depart­ment and ways to curb the con­ges­tion.

“We will start im­ple­ment­ing the plan im­me­di­ately af­ter it is sub­mit­ted to us,” said PK Ugale, city En­gi­neer KDMC.

The city has no work­ing traf­fic sig­nal. There are no traf­fic po­lice­men de­ployed at ma­jor lo­ca­tions to mon­i­tor traf­fic.

As­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( traf­fic) SK Dubal said: “Sev­eral meet­ings be­tween the traf­fic po­lice and the civic body have been held to tackle the con­ges­tion. The in­te­grated plan will help in in­stalling traf­fic sig­nals and CCTV cam­eras. We have also asked the civic body to con­duct sur­veys dur­ing hol­i­days so that traf­fic move­ment is not ham­pered.”

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