Traffic chaos and consequent problems aren’t unique to Dehradun-they are the same as elsewhere, except the fact that the state doesn’t have a proper traffic management plan to bring order on the roads.
Transport and police officials agree that the solution is possible only if the concerned departments sat together and thrashed out an area-wise traffic management plan backed up by a proper feedback mechanism.
Superintendent of police (Traffic) Pradeep Kumar Rai says there is already a plan in place but it needs to be reworked spot-wise as the state capital doesn’t have many empty roads to be used as diversions. In fact, there have been complaints of ill-management at certain spots, which can be studied and the plan reworked accordingly, he says and adds having parking lots near the areas where people park on roadsides can really ease traffic flow on the main and the linked roads.
“There is need for multi-storeyed parking lots as the number of vehicles is growing every year,” Rai says, corroborating the regional transport department’s figures which show an increase in the number of vehicles in the state from 42,144 in 2000 to 15,21,925 till 2013.
Daily commuters feel the traffic management plan should have a proper feedback and instant action mechanism where the cops are found missing. Without this, no traffic management plan can work. There are many areas where people are found mending traffic in the absence of a cop, they say and suggest that the government should think of running Metro rail wherever flyovers aren’t possible.
Dehradun Mayor Vinod Chamoli admits there is need for more flyovers, foot over bridges and underpasses at the spots where traffic flow is heavy.
The municipal corporation has begun widening of 15 intersections and very soon the corporation will take up work on 11 more.
Instantly, there is need for at least three flyovers at Ballupur Road, GMS road and Clementown areas. In fact, the proposal to this effect has already been made, he says, adding there is plan for multi-storeyed parking at the Tehsil Chowk at the old Tehsil premises.
The residents and the traffic authorities agree that there is a need for a comprehensive traffic management plan as the remedial steps have really failed to work as expected.
Areas like Neshvilla Road, Karanpur Market, DAV College Road, Tilak Road, Tyagi Road, DL Road, Bakralwala, Dobhalwala Raja Road and the likes. Here the roads were built before Independence and hadn’t been widened since then.
The past instances of road widening include the widening of the Chakrata road in 1998, the widening of the Haridwar Road, Nehru colony, GMS road and Garhi Cantt. There have been instances of litigation against the widening of to roads by the affected persons. The Chakrata Road traders have gone to High court against the road widening and they now plan to take the matter to the Supreme Court.