ISLAMABAD: Chief Traffic Officer Rai Ejaz Ahmed has said that a high-level traffic management committee, in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is being formed to take care of Lahore traffic.
He was speaking here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The LCCI President Abdul Basit and Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan also spoke on the occasion while Khamis Saeed Butt, Tahir Manzoor Chaudhry, Mian Zahid Javed, Shahid Nazir, Mian Abdul Razzaq, Javed Siddiqui, Ashraf Bhatti, Shahid Iqbal Butt and others were present in the meeting.
CTO said that proposed committee would have in its fold representatives both from LCCI and Traffic Police hierarchy.
People involved in violation of law against road blockade would be dealt strictly. He said that traffic police staff has been directed to deal citizens with respect and a training plan has also been evolved in this regard.
He said that traffic police department is ready to establish a permanent driving license issuance center at the Lahore Chamber for its members. He said that department considers business community an important stakeholder and wants to collaborate. He said that number of license issuance centers would extended to over 30 from existing 11. He said that difference in school and colleges timing is a must to bring down the traffic pressure at peak times.
The LCCI President Abdul Basit said that though traffic department has taken various initiatives to overcome the traffic chaos but still a lot of work has to do. He said that traffic is disturbed in different parts of the city because of development work of Orange Train project. He said that this issue could be tackled through deployment additional traffic wardens while traffic could also be diverted to the alternative routes.
He said that Electronic Traffic Violation system is a good development. He suggested that traffic signal should also be appeared in the picture along with the vehicle to ensure transparency. He said that designs of U turns should be changed with the help of Road Planning Agency to get rid of the accidents.
Abdul Basit particularly highlighted the issue of cat eyes that causing horrible accidents by damaging the tyres. He said that these cat eyes should be removed and speed breakers should be built as per the international standards to ensure protection of precious human lives.
Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan said that ban on protests and rallies at Mall Road and other public places should be implemented with iron hands as it is causing huge loss to the trade and economic activities besides mentally torturing the masses. He said that Nasir Bagh should be allocated for such activities.