Tackle the traffic mess to cut travel time
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.