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 creating 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.