Traf­fic con­ges­tion

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - ADEEL UR REHMAN

The res­i­dents of Rawalpindi do urge the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to take solid steps to ad­dress the traf­fic jams prob­lem on city roads as the mo­torists trav­el­ing on city roads are wit­ness­ing nowa­days the worst traf­fic grid­locks across the city. Sev­eral am­bu­lances are also seen stuck in the long traf­fic queues on roads.

The com­muters of public trans­port are the worst suf­fer­ers as traf­fic on sev­eral chowks is di­verted to al­ter­nate roads. Traf­fic war­dens are found ab­sent from duty points and oth­ers make half-hearted ef­forts to reg­u­late traf­fic. The res­i­dents of the twin cities call upon the au­thor­i­ties to out­line a com­pre­hen­sive plan to re­solve the traf­fic con­ges­tion in the city as heavy traf­fic jam on city roads es­pe­cially at Cen­tre Hos­pi­tal to Mar­rir Chowk and Pir­wad­hai Mor area at G T Road af­ter launch­ing of Mar­rer Chowk tun­nel project on Be­nazir Bhutto Road (Mur­ree road) and Pir­wad­hai fly­over project is cre- at­ing a lot of prob­lems for the masses of Rawalpindi city.

The Be­nazir Bhutto Road, Raja Bazaar Road, Bank Road, Bunni Chowk, Said Pur Road, Peer­wad­hai Road, TenchBhatta, 22 Num­ber Chungi have very much im­por­tance for the cit­i­zens of Rawalpindi but due to traf­fic jams which have be­come a rou­tine mat­ter on th­ese roads, the peo­ple are suf­fer­ing mis­er­ably. The traf­fic war­dens also do not per­form their du­ties prop­erly in sev­eral chowks, said a mo­torist.

There is a strong need for strict check­ing of traf­fic rules’ vi­o­la­tions, par­tic­u­larly on Be­nazir Bhutto Road (Mur­ree Road), where com­muters face big traf­fic prob­lems es­pe­cially from Ma­reer­chowk to Naz Cin­ema chowk due to heavy traf­fic load, traf­fic mis­man­age­ment and vi­o­la­tions of the traf­fic rules. Driv­ing on the Mur­ree Road is enough to test the nerves of com­muters. The Com­mit­tee Chowk un­der­pass, Chandni Chowk and sixth road fly­overs on Mur­ree Road could not help con­trol the traf­fic mess mainly due to wrong park­ing of ve­hi­cles and other vi­o­la­tions. —Via email

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