23rd Feb 2017 10:02:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Once upon a time, one could reach destination within Capital Complex in a jiffy as the town had one of the best roads and traffic was scant and manageable. Now, the situation has become quite the opposite. Both the population and vehicles have grown substantially over the years but what has remained the same is the condition of the roads which hasn’t changed in these 20 years resulting in utter chaos. Traffic congestion has become a regular phenomenon for Itanagar and its adjoining areas with long queue of vehicles remaining stuck during peak hours.

To say that there is a need to improve the road conditions and regulate flow of traffic would be meaningless. In addition to overhauling the pathetic conditions of the road, traffic management, management of haphazardly parked vehicles, arterial roads for Capital and awareness among road-users are must.

The chock-a-block traffic in the capital complex is a pain not just for lesser mortals but also for the people at the top of things. The inauguration of the parking lot in the bustling bank tinali area, probably one of the busiest intersections is definitely a good sign. With an initial capacity to house 46 LMVs and 15 two wheelers, it will ease off the parking burden and free up the much needed space.

In addition, traffic management department must also amp up its infrastructure so that managing roads and road users is not an uphill task. Footpaths, Zebra Crossings etc which ensure pedestrian safety and help in keeping the roads in order are missing, thus fuelling more chaos. 

Arunachal must implement the Government of India’s National Road Safety Policy, an important policy undertaken by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. The aim of the policy is to create mass awareness for safe driving by adopting various programmes. The implementation of the policy will also strengthen the system of driver licensing and training to improve the competence and capability of drivers.

Road management is multi-pronged and therefore authorities need to keep this in mind.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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