Traffic congestion in the city is the result of lack of traffic policy
The biggest danger to the environment is posed by the traffic policy of the administration. It is a known fact that auto effluents are extremely dangerous to one’s health. Yet, there is no policy in place to tackle this. The local administration is concentrating on increasing the infrastructure which for them means more space for automobiles and not public transport or periphery walkways or cycle tracks. They are focussing on widening the roads, building flyovers and bridges. It is but a temporary solution which will only worsen the situation.
- Road building has a lot of stakeholders and interest-groups like the contractors and builder’s lobby. The only people to suffer are the citizens
- The whole disease is deep in the marrows of the administration. Our suggestions are met with delays and excuses
- Interested parties do the homework for the administration and give good reasons for opposing our suggestions
- Laws and policies are outdated. Government falls pray to the arguments and recommendations of the interested parties
- Lack of vision and unplanned approach of the PMC
Role of PTTF (Pune Transport and Traffic Forum)
Our focus areas are studying the urban transportation models in other countries and making recommendations to the administration for improvement of public transport in Pune. An average man will agree with the policy makers that we should widen the roads. This is where we come in to provide information and spread awareness about the issue.
The direction for tackling the traffic problem has to take a U-turn. The administration needs to ask why so many vehicles are being used in the city and how can you reduce the number of vehicles without reducing the mobility?
Right now there are around 600 PMT buses plying on the roads and the total demand is for 1200 buses.
So we need to have an effective transportation plan. Get good buses, make separate lanes for buses and make it easy for people to buy bus tickets, bulid peripheral walkways; in short improve the public transport.
Ideally, a city should have such public transport that people don’t need to drive their own cars but use public transport instead. This will reduce the pressure on roads.
We have been constantly interacting with the policy-makers to convince them that there is an urgent need for an effective traffic policy.
We have been successful in getting the BRT (Bus Transit Route) plan approved by the PMC. We will be organising a campaign of PMT (Pune Municipal Tansport) users to push for a policy on public transport in Pune.
(Click on the following link for more information on PTTF: http://www.pttf.net/go/ )
If you are appalled with the pathetic condition of Pune roads and wish to do something about it, join the Virtual Citizens’ Forum.