Nisar wants ‘digital plan’ for smooth traffic in capital


Another day of heavy traffic

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Friday was the day marked by frequent traffic logjams and one could see long queue of vehicles at various bottlenecks of the capital’s roads.
Although a number of the officials of Islamabad Traffic Police were on duty trying their best to streamline the traffic but the traffic influx was too heavy to be dealt with.
Residents of the sector F-6, F-7, F-8 and F-10 sectors complained of the uncalled for blockage of roads and demanded of the police to make necessary arrangements to streamline the traffic especially during the school hours.
A retired government official said he lived in G-9/1 and “if I want to reach the G-8 sector or say the PIMS hospital, which is hardly 20-minute drive I should I take F-9 or Margalla Road to reach there since the road connecting the G-9 sector with G-8 is under heavy traffic.
He was true as one could see a large number of ambulances stuck up on the Neelum Road in the heavy traffic. Why don’t they depute traffic walas during the peak hours, , asked Faiza a resident of the G-9 sector. She is working in an NGO and has to undergo the ordeal daily facing huge traffic blockade.
Meanwhile, taking serious notice of the situation, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed NADRA and Islamabad Traffic police (ITP) to come up with a comprehensive digital plan for smooth flow of traffic to minimize difficulties being faced by the commuters especially the inter-city travelers commuting between Rawalpindi and Islamabad on daily basis.
The Interior Minister in this regard directed NADRA and ITP to launch E-tag vehicular system for commuters shuttling between the twin cities with establishment of separate lanes on Islamabad highways entry exit points for smooth traffic movement.
“Traffic jams are frustrating, and there should be no hassle at all for the road users specifically for commuters during peak rush hours like during school timings and at the time of closure of government business hours,” the spokesman quoted the Interior Minister as saying.
He said a digital traffic system should also alert the road users through digital sign-boards and ITP Radio station alerting the road users through a Route Information Service. The Interior Minister said that there was also an economic cost of lost hours (both work and leisure) and slow movement of vehicles moving with local passengers in the twin cities.

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