Kanpur: Traffic congestion, bottlenecks top list of concerns
Traffic congestion topped the issues of concern in online voting when Kanpur was vying for a slot among 100 smart cities. The union urban development ministry was surprised with the response of people to the problem.lucknow Updated: Jul 22, 2017 14:46 IST
Some time ago, inspector general of police (Kanpur range) Alok Singh invited all meritorious students to his residence to felicitate them after their results were announced.
The students, who excelled in examinations conducted by different boards, were asked: what is the first thing they will do if made the Kanpur SSP?
About 100 students almost spoke in unison that streamlining the Kanpur traffic will be their first task.
Traffic congestion topped the issues of concern in online voting when Kanpur was vying for a slot among 100 smart cities. The union urban development ministry was surprised with the response of people to the problem. The ministry asked the Kanpur Municipal Corporation to ensure that it made plans, especially for traffic regulation in the city.
Special efforts were put in to draw up a traffic plan in concert with the Kanpur Development Authority, leading experts and other agencies. The smart city plan has marked Rs 170 crore for an intelligent traffic management system. It will cover 85 of the city’s 175 crossings initially and the remaining ones later.
Kanpur has the highest number of vehicles in the state—1.6 million vehicles registered with the regional transport office (RTO) till June 30.
The experts say the number of vehicles has increased exponentially but the road network and transport facilities have not developed to the same extent to absorb the vehicular pressure.
Nearly 200 vehicles are added to the existing number of registered vehicles every day.
The authorities plan to state of the art technology to regulate traffic. Besides, new parking slots will be created.
But the experts say the use of technology alone will not help in dealing with the traffic bottlenecks unless the bigger issues are taken care of.
For example, the city is dissected by railway lines at six places. Traffic jams at these locations cause a ripple effect throughout the city.
There is a longstanding demand for two new railway stations at Panki and Chakeri, so the rail traffic coming into the city can be diverted.
However, the demand has not been met.