Tackle the traf­fic mess to cut travel time

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - YOURSPACE - Vishvesh Ra­mamoor­thy

With the Metro con­struc­tion work in full swing and clo­sure of bridges and fly­overs, com­mut­ing time has al­most dou­bled ev­ery­where. With as many as 700 new ve­hi­cles be­ing reg­is­tered ev­ery day, we need to take smarter steps to solve com­mut­ing woes.

Firstly, school tim­ings need to be reg­u­larised be­tween say, 7.30 am to 2.30 pm, so that school buses can stay off roads dur­ing peak hours. Heavy ve­hi­cles and vans, ex­cept BEST buses, am­bu­lances and hearse vans, must be al­lowed to ply be­tween 9 pm to 7 am.

When it comes to of­fices, em­ploy­ers should main­tain strict work time slots and dis­cour­age stay­ing back.

Car­pool­ing of pri­vate ve­hi­cles and cabs must be en­cour­aged and maybe even in­cen­tivised at work­places to re­duce traf­fic dur­ing these slots.

Lastly, the traf­fic po­lice must send out mo­bile squads to pre­vent bot­tle­necks and fine of­fend­ers on the spot.

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