IT WAS expected that a seminar on traffic management spread over six hours in five sessions, in which senior police officials, IMC officials, PWD officials, traffic experts, doctors were present would yield something concrete. One thought so looking at the timing of the seminar– the conclusion of the Traffic Safety Fortnight. However, apart from platitudes, some promises of action and some self tom-tomming, nothing else emerged.
All things wrong with the Indore traffic–lack of manpower in the traffic department (there are only 300 odd men against the sanctioned strength of 400 and they have to manage 8.25 lakh vehicles), lack of coordination between the various agencies like the IMC, traffic police, the PWD etc, lack of proper roads, excessive pressure of vehicles, lack of parking facilities and the general lack of traffic sense among the people were discussed, but there were no concerte suggestions from anyone.
Here is what some of those who spoke on the occasion have to say: DIG Madhukumar says there is a need to create awareness and instill civic sense among people and admits that at night when there is no traffic cop, he too has a tendency to jump the light.
SP Anshuman Yadav is of the view that often traffic department is not consulted on crucial issues, even though they have to manage traffic. He feels that there is no coordination, and each department blames the other.
IMC Speaker Shankar Lalwani believes that Jawahar Marg should be made one way. Lack of force is a problem. He admits that Master Plan has not been implemented. However, he feels given the constraints the traffic condition is above ‘average’ in the City.
IMC Commissioner Vinod Sharma thinks that there is confusion because there are too many agencies involved and no one takes responsibility. He maintains that a single agency like the Mayor should be made in charge as it is the practice in the Western countries.
Prof Saraswat of SGSITS says that action should be taken against Jaywalkers. Public transport has to be increased to control traffic. We should learn from Kolkata and Hyderabad where there has been a marked change in traffic situation due to political will.
Dr S M Goel holds that schools and colleges should be involved in such programmes as many of the victims are young students.
Rama Subramanium, CEO Eicher Motors deplores that existing facilities are not utilised properly. Many crossings on bypass are illegal and lead to accidents. He feels that facilities should be given first and then authorities should talk about discipline.
Ghanshyam Patel of Zee News says that we should accept our failings and improve. Pratik Shrivasttava, BTv hits out at the lack of coordination between various agencies. Says Indians are best at planning and worst at execution.
K K Asthana, editor Devputra says we have to resolve to improve ourselves.