Pic­nic plan­ning, vi­tal on Eid hol­i­days to avoid in­con­ve­nience

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD—Go­ing for a pic­nic is al­ways great fun. Leav­ing the home and en­joy­ing some time with your loved ones gives a feel­ing of re­lax­ation and plea­sure.

The same would be the pur­pose of pic­nick­ers on com­ing Eid hol­i­days but a lit­tle bit plan­ning may help them to en­joy their free hours with­out any in­con­ve­nience.

At var­i­ous recre­ational points in Islamabad, it has been ob­served dur­ing the last few years that many peo­ple throng at var­i­ous pic­nic spots on Eid hol­i­days which create huge traf­fic mess in many ar­eas and mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for staff at pic­nic spots.

Be­fore leav­ing the home to make pic­nic en­joy­able, peo­ple should re­view all pic­nic spots along with weather con­di­tions and to opt for a new place in­stead of go­ing to tra­di­tional ones. Sev­eral pic­nic spots ex­ist in a city and re­view­ing all of them may sug­gest good al­ter­na­tive to vis­i­tors.

Fol­low­ing the po­lice ad­vi­sory or of district ad­min­is­tra­tion would also help them to avoid in­con­ve­nience. Po­lice guide the peo­ple about trend as well as rush of vis­i­tors to­wards a spe­cific place and timely re­view of such ad­vi­sories may help pic­nick­ers to move to another place for en­joy­ing their time rather than stick­ing in traf­fic jam for hours.

Mur­ree - the near­est hill sta­tion from Islamabad - also re­main jam­packed on Eid hol­i­days which also create in­con­ve­nience for res­i­dents of Bhara Kahu as vis­i­tors have to pass from there to reach Mur­ree. Traf­fic jams for sev­eral hours have been wit­nessed in the past on this route which re­sulted the greater prob­lem to vis­i­tors and the lo­cal peo­ple.

The visit of those com­ing from out­side the city be­came hec­tic due to such rush. A re­tired of­fi­cial of a tourism or­ga­ni­za­tion at fed­eral level said that there is no plan­ning to pro­mote tourism ac­tiv­i­ties or for guid­ance of the tourists. Peo­ple do not have knowl­edge about var­i­ous at­tract­ing places fol­low­ing which they go to tra­di­tional spots where huge crowd or traf­fic jams dam­age their ac­tual plans.

How­ever, the good news for tourists is that spe­cial plans have been de­vised by Islamabad Traf­fic Po­lice (ITP) and Pun­jab po­lice on this Eid to avoid traf­fic jams in Islamabad and Mur­ree re­spec­tively.

Around 200 traf­fic cops would per­form du­ties in Islamabad and more than 350 in Mur­ree and its ad­ja­cent lo­ca­tions. But, ITP has also ap­pealed vis­i­tors to keep lis­ten­ing to its FM Ra­dio 92.4 and fol­low traf­fic ad­vi­sories.—APP

A view of rush of pas­sen­gers at Pir­wad­hai bus ter­mi­nal as peo­ple leave for their home­towns to cel­e­brate Eid with rel­a­tives.—DNA

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