Islamabad: The Federal Ombudsman instructed the relevant authorities to develop an efficient plan to alleviate Islamabad’s traffic problems, which have gotten worse in recent years as a result of widespread migration from neighbouring provinces.
In that regard, he requested the assistance of the NTRC chief, the IG Police, the federal secretary of communications, and the ICT chief commissioner. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of improved cooperation and effective action by the authorities while presiding over a meeting in his office.
The agencies brought up a number of issues during the conference, including a severe labour shortage, low fines, and a lack of funding for the development of road infrastructure. In order to develop a workable plan of action that focused on both short-term and long-term actions, many recommendations and suggestions were reviewed throughout the discussion.
Waseem Bajwa, a member of the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) Planning department, stated that although certain significant roads were still under construction, the CDA was working feverishly to finish the road infrastructure as soon as possible. He added that Metro buses had begun operating on several routes, which will help to some extent with the city’s traffic problems.
According to DIG (Operations) Police Sohail Zafar Chattha, 656 traffic police officers started the new traffic system in ICT in 2006. However, just 606 officials were currently in charge of it, despite the fact that the ICT’s population and vehicle count had grown disproportionately.
Expressing his views, NTRC Chief Hameed Akhtar stated that two-wheelers and three-wheelers are being driven on roads that were primarily built for four-wheelers. As a result, he continued, road traffic engineering required appropriate improvements.
The federal ombudsman requested that the Islamabad traffic police consider using temporary traffic volunteers from educational institutions to manage traffic at several locations throughout Islamabad. He gave the Islamabad Traffic Police his word that they would address the issues of a staffing shortfall and an increase in fines, particularly for repeat offenders of traffic laws, at the proper level.
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