Colombo’s traffic problem Solution lies in long-term plans

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cars4We need well thought out and planned long-term solutions now. If we  don’t resolve the issue soon, there won’t be a solution to the problem– Prof. Amal Kumarage

By Nabeela Hussain
Short-term solutions would not resolve Colombo’s traffic problem: if long- term solutions are not implemented there would be no solution to the problem, warned Prof. Amal Kumarage of the Moratuwa University (Traffic Planning).
Speaking at an event organised by the World Bank to release the ‘Leveraging Urbanization in South Asia Report’, the academic said that Colombo would be forced to trade off the size of city mobility soon.  

Taking up examples in Asia, Kumarage said the cost of mobility in Singapore was just 5 per cent while Colombo had a 10 per cent cost in mobility. “If we do nothing the cost would increase to 20 per cent in 2020,” he said.
Cleaner transport and better public transportation, Kumarage said was the solution. “Mobility rather than speed needed to be the focus of traffic and city planning,” he said.  

“I see three dangers when we plan; technical blunders (most often traffic plans are not backed by numbers), supplier driven transportation; (some plans are implemented on the demands of the supplier rather than the commuter) and political blunders (pressure of a short-term solution rather than a long -term solution),” he said.  
Kumarage pointed out: “we cannot afford to implement short-term solutions. We need well thought out and planned long-term solutions now.

If we don’t resolve the issue soon, there won’t be a solution to the problem. The aim in the long-term, is to create a mass transit transportation system, ” he said.

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