FAISALABAD. Traffic systems will be reorganized on modern scientific lines to regulate the heavy traffic flow on main roads in the Faisalabad city, said Shehzada Umar Abbas Babar Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Faisalabad.
Addressing a function in Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), he said that in 2007, the total strength of traffic police was 1380 which has now been dwindled to 1000. He said that traffic police were supposed to work within the municipal limits but we have to go beyond this limit with the limited workforce.
He said that maximum efforts are being made to regulate the traffic but it is not possible without the support of the district administration, Traffic Engineering & Transport Planning Agency (TEPA), Faisalabad Municipal Corporation (FMC) and thousands of road users and drivers. He said that as visibility of traffic police is most conspicuous in every road crossing, the onus of all road-related problems is put on the traffic police.
He said that it is actually a herculean task to regulate traffic in a society plagued with encroachments and parking problems coupled with conscious and unconscious traffic violations. He said that he is focusing on youth as they are more receptive to road safety laws. “They would not only follow the laws by themselves but also convince their parents to do so in best interest of the society”, he added.
He said that he will arrange awareness sessions for the QingQi rickshaw drivers which will make them a law-abiding citizen of the country. “They would either follow the laws or find another respectable job after getting the education”, he said and added that as CTO he will also take measures to issue them free driving permits.
About traffic regulations, he told that traffic police will launch an extensive publicity campaign in collaboration with Mediacom by airing cartoons of one minute duration to convince people to follow the traffic rules.
Responding to a question to close unauthorized bridges on the Canal Road, he said that signal free roads are imperative and cost effective for the smooth flow of traffic and he will prefer this strategy as it could be easily assimilated by the road users.
He said that he could send his traffic van fully equipped with all paraphernalia to Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) to issue on-spot regular traffic permits. He assured that he will also recommend a visit to the doctor to FCCI to issue a medical certificate which is a prerequisite for a driving permit. “Traffic staff has also been directed to avoid unnecessary challans which may create unrest among the people”, he added.
Earlier, FCCI President Engineer Hafiz Ehtesham Javaid pinpointed some soaring problems relating to the traffic police and said that it is very difficult to regulate a burgeoning city like Faisalabad with only 1000 traffic staff. “I shall write a letter to the government to enhance police force proportionately for Faisalabad”, he added.
About parking plaza, he said that he has already talked to Director General (DG) Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA) and he has agreed in principle to construct it in collaboration with FCCI as a business model.
Engineer Ehtesham said that he will also arrange a meeting in which all concerned departments and stakeholders will be invited to resolve the traffic related problems on a permanent basis.
A question-answer sitting was also held which was participated by Senior Vice President (SVP) FCCI Chaudhary Tallat Mehmood, Ashfaq Ashraf, Aslam Bhalli, Umar Farooq, Abdul Jabbar, Madam Nighat Shahid, Ajmal Hussain, Rana Ikram Ullah, Malik Abdul Qayyum and Engineer Muhammad Azam Randhawa.
Later, FCCI President Engineer Hafiz Ehtesham Javaid presented FCCI memento to CTO Mr. Shahdaza Umar Abbas Babar while Vice President (VP) FCCI Rana Ayub Aslam Manj offered vote of thanks.