Traffic management system and its loopholes
New traffic security measures employed in Kashmir such as introduction of traffic lights was a noteworthy step towards overcoming unnecessary road blocks and accidents. This novel idea was inducted more than a decade ago when authorities decided to moderate amount of traffic plying on every major crossing and junction of Srinagar. Not just this, but footbridges constructed over river Jhelum increased as a means of further strengthening our road network system. This meant improved commute and security for the common man.
An idea flourishes when people come forward and support it. Similarly with the newly initiated traffic lights system, people decided to know about and accept it. However, just knowing does not solve the problem. Application of the knowledge gained is essential too. Though the educated citizens displayed responsible behavior in this aspect, abiding by the rules and all, but those of the lot who had no idea about any type of traffic law were completely lost. And as we know, unfortunately there are more people in the second category. So the difficulty is two-fold.
When it comes to the ebb and flow of traffic in Srinagar, the most important role of all is regulating it. Traffic police officials or signal men are responsible for determining when to allow, which vehicles to allow, and how many to allow. Constant rush hour traffic jams can be controlled, even lessened, when supervision at hotspots is efficient. However, where the city needs thousands, just a couple hundred signal men are available. Dearth of traffic regulators obviously increases chaos.
Reduction in casualties due to road accidents is another huge step towards development. To ensure this, the traffic department of Srinagar city had introduced interactive routines, such as Road Safety Week, but at the same time failed to hold on to these. Though valid licenses, use of helmets, and seatbelts is constantly inspected, but a lot of other important factors, such as constructing footpaths along all major roads, are ignored. The why of this statement is obvious. Just knowledge is not enough, applying and maintaining it is. As such, a pressing solution is required.
What is needed is a zebra crossing at every signal. This will ensure safety when crossing roads at intersections or bus bays. It will also prevent ill fated disasters. Footpaths should be wide, safe, and clutter free so that pedestrians find ease while commuting. Another important requisite is reaching out to every citizen in the city, helping them know traffic rules and regulations. Of course, door to door awareness is not the answer. But schools, colleges, and other educational institutions are to be made responsible for making children aware of road safety. With the start of a new school session, it has become even more vital for everyone to obey rules and safeguard lives. What is further required are awareness camps, workshops, advertisements on print and broadcast media, and a counsel to all government and private organizations to cater to their parking needs.
Change is an important aspect of life, and improvement in the standards we keep is necessary for a safe present and a better future. Renouncing road blocks to freedom depends on how obstacles are overcome and the best way to do that is by abiding by the rules of the road.