20th Sep 2021 10:09:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Monday blues is real and the main thoroughfare connecting Itanagar and Naharlagun chocked with bumper to bumper traffic at several points makes matters worse. Poor traffic management has resulted in a perennial rush hour on the city’s streets. Precious time and energy is lost to commute an 11km stretch which should be a 15 minute drive ideally.
In stark contrast to the traffic chaos, there is barely any urgency shown by the administration to address this problem. It is now several weeks since the white & navy clad Itanagar Traffic Wardens are off the street pressing for what they say is their “genuine” demands.
Managing traffic here is no mean feat. In a place where breaking rules, risky overtaking manoeuvres, haphazard parking, underage driving is a fad, the deployment of the Itanagar traffic wardens at important locations for proper management of traffic sometime in 2013 came as a welcome development. The move certainly helped in reducing traffic congestion during peak hours and instilled confidence among road users. To be fair, a traffic wardens job is far from easy; hours of prolonged standing at busy traffic intersections takes a toll physically and mentally.
 Traffic management is an investment which the state will have to make with a long term vision. Itanagar, selected as a smart city is expected to grow in population and also in the number of vehicles. Managing the ever growing fleet of automobiles will depend on trained human resources.
Not getting into the nitty-gritty of recruitment procedures or otherwise, the current impasse must be bridged in public interest. The authorities and the agitating ITWs must sit down for a dialogue and try to iron out the differences. Unlike other ad hoc jobs created, the ITWs actually serve an important purpose. It goes without saying that the requirement and dependence on traffic management personnel will become indispensable in the near future.  


Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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