As a solution to deal with the increasing traffic congestion on city roads, UT inspector general of police RP Upadhyay has proposed to allow vehicles with odd and even numbers on alternate days as being done in Delhi.
The IG in a communiqué to UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev has also suggested to introduce ‘car-free day’ in tricity in January as part of traffic week celebrations.
The IG said, “We can experiment with the plying of odd, even cars on alternate days. On car-free day, residents can commute on two-wheelers, public transport and bicycles.”
He said that they welcome suggestions and feedback from residents on how to decongest roads. “Final decision will be taken on the basis of the feedback,” he said.
The IG has pointed out that since city also has offices of Haryana and Punjab governments, there was need to fix different office timings, which would help in reducing the number of vehicles on roads during the peak morning and evening hours.
He said many proposals of Chandigarh traffic police to reduce traffic congestion were pending with different departments of UT administration and municipal corporation.
The IG has also suggested construction of flyovers, underpasses at key locations in the city. The creation of multi-level parking lots at busy places, such as Elante mall in Industrial area, near district courts in Sector 43, in Sectors 22 and 35 markets, has also been proposed.