Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday took serious exception to the utter lack of efficiency in traffic management in the twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun creating chaos and jams on the roads.
Traveling between the twin cities on Saturday morning, Khandu expressed displeasure at the hardships faced by commuters for no fault on their part.
Khandu squarely blamed the inefficiency and lack of management abilities of the concerned authorities besides insufficient dissemination of information on the new route plans to the commuters.
Arunachal Chief Minister Khandu viewed that the 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 these to avoid chaos.
The Chief Minister personally took up the matter with the Capital Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police and directed them to immediately draw out an airtight plan to ease traffic flow and put it in place for benefit of commuters.
Khandu said the concerned authorities cannot give lame excuses when citizens of the capital complex bear the brunt of their inefficiency.
The CM, however, maintained that the commuters would have to bear the hardships due to traffic congestion to some extent till completion of the ongoing four-lane highway, which is also one of the factors responsible for traffic jams.
He appealed to the citizens to obey traffic rules, be disciplined while driving and gather first-hand information about the traffic plan in place before venturing out on the road.
“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,” Khandu added.