Repair of faulty traffic signals, battered roads ordered

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Karachi : The city commissioner has directed the authorities concerned to ensure repair of 46 faulty traffic signal lights across the metropolis.


Chairing a meeting to review traffic management during Ramazan, Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui took strong exception to the report that of the 170 traffic signals in the city, 46 were out of order and the cause of exacerbating the traffic mess.


Siddiqui said close coordination between the city administration and the traffic police could help address and provide much needed relief to the commuters.“Efforts have to be focused for smooth flow of traffic and the consequent prevention of congestions and gridlocks,” he reiterated.


The meeting that was attended by senior officials of the city administration, the traffic police and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation besides those from other relevant departments were told that the citizens must be protected against the mental agony they face when stuck in traffic jams.


“This has to be particularly avoided during Ramazan, when the fiscal expenses also increase coupled with inflated fuel bills and loss of precious time,” he said.He ordered immediate carpeting of all battered roads, and concrete filling of ditches and depressions registered on many thoroughfares.


City Wardens Director Minhaj-ul-Haq informed the participants of the meeting that 97 important and most congested spots had been identified where 11,000 city wardens would be deployed during Ramazan.


He said 390 city wardens would be deployed at 16 recreational spots, 120 at 12 major shopping centres, 130 at nine emergency centres, 110 at 10 major Taraweeh congregation sites and 350 at 50 major spots where traffic congestion is normally registered.


Haq requested the commissioner that the city wardens be issued licences to carry arms because of targeted attacks on them.This will prove important in restoring confidence of these essential components of traffic management, he added.


He said that until the city wardens are issued licences, an armed policeman must accompany them at each of the 97 high-risk sites.The commissioner also ordered taking practical measures for tackling encroachments, including makeshift stalls and bus stops, on all major thoroughfares.


He said that there was a need to develop close liaison with the representatives of the business community, including shopkeepers, so as to be aware of their concerns and suggestions regarding security.


He said security measures must be taken to restore confidence of the masses as well as of the business community.Commissioner Siddiqui said assistance of boy scouts and Burhani Guards could also be availed for the purpose of traffic management.

Courtesy:   The News

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