About a fortnight ago the district police started working on a new traffic plan for Dehradun. However, even after several experiments and instructions issued by Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Arun Mohan Joshi, citizens are still facing traffic congestion on some of the main junctions in the city.
According to a district police official, the carrying capacity of the city is limited, but the number of vehicles operating here is increasing every day. Again on Monday, citizens had to face traffic congestion at several junctions in the city especially on Doon Hospital Chowk, MKP Chowk and Buddha Chowk.
Several commuters going from Doon Hospital Chowk said that the intersection is not even half kilometres from the SSP office and collectorate but the traffic situation here is getting worse. Police responsible for regulating traffic at the junction lack coordination. Five roads meet at this junction including the MKP road, court road, Doon Hospital road, road connecting to Tehsil Chowk and the road leading to Buddha Chowk, which results in heavy flow of traffic from all routes at once. The lack of coordination among traffic police personnel at the junction adds to the already existing chaos and congestion at the place.
Another major reason for traffic congestion at such places is encroachment and illegal parking. SSP Joshi though has said that police station in-charge concerned will be working consistently against the encroachers in their area, but parking near MKP college and encroachment done by vendors there till this date has not been addressed by the authorities.
When asked about these issues SSP Joshi said, “We are trying to make the best traffic management plan keeping the existing infrastructure in mind. For this we will soon be having a meeting with the education secretary who is presently not here. For the smooth operation we have instructed the force to accord 95 per cent of its focus on ensuring smooth traffic operation.
As for the enforcement we think it is important to first encourage and inform people about following traffic rules.”
It is pertinent to mention here that soon after taking charge SSP Joshi made it clear that making a proper traffic management plan and strict action against drug mafia and con men are his priorities, but the majority of population in the city is still waiting to see some visible change in the traffic plan.