Recently Chief Minister Pema Khandu travelled between the twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun. It was then he realized the extent of inefficiency in traffic management in both cities. Khandu expressed displeasure about the hardships faced by commuters for no fault of theirs. He felt the concerned authorities were lacking in management abilities and that there was insufficient dissemination of information on the new route plans to the commuters.
He stated that commuters have to be properly informed through accessible and understandable modes of communication on aspects like route diversions, U-turns, no parking zones, one way routes, etc before implementing it on ground to avoid chaos. The CM personally took up the matter with the Capital Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police and directed them to immediately draw out an air-tight plan to ease traffic flow.
Khandu, however, maintained that commuters will have to bear the hardships of congestion to some extent till completion of the ongoing 4-lane highway. ‘The authorities and traffic personnel alone cannot ease traffic congestion and chaos. Commuters also have the responsibility to reciprocate and help them maintain smooth flow of traffic. If every driver or commuter follow traffic rules, our roads would be smoother even before we get the 4-lane highway,’ he added.