The most pressing need of the hour

Published : 11:16 am  November 19, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (1602) reads | 

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BY DARSHANA SANJEEWA

 Anew traffic system is on the drawing board of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. DIG Amarasiri Senarathne (Traffic) said they were discussing a new traffic system aimed at reducing traffic congestion with the Ministry. “We can only implement the plan that has been drawn up by the ministry,” he said.

Two new traffic plans for Sri Jayawardenapura and Maharagama implemented last month were abandoned by the police. The traffic plan was implemented last month along Sri Jayewardenepura Road from the Parliament and Battaramulla towards Colombo. The most congested stretch was identified as that leading from Welikada Junction to Devi Balika Vidyalaya because all buses enter Cotta Road via the Welikada Junction. Another traffic plan to ease the congestion in Maharagama was also introduced and abandoned last month.

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Officials from the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development said they were holding discussions with the Police Department, the Moratuwa University and a number of other institutions and specialists regarding the new traffic plan. “We have already collected the necessary data. It will be an upgraded traffic plan. We are looking at the issues and reviewing them to find solutions,” the official said. Speaking to the media earlier this month, newly appointed Chairman of the Road Development Authority (RDA) Nihal Sooriyaarachchi said existing roads in Colombo needed to be developed to reduce traffic congestion.

The average speed of a vehicle in Colombo was 12 kmph occasionally reduced to 6 kmph. “To ease the traffic congestion we need to take measures to increase the vehicle speed on the roads. Compared with other major cities in the country, the traffic congestion in the Colombo city is very high. Developing the roads which we already have is more effective than launching new road projects,” he said.