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Administrator issues directives for road safety

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Karachi, June 12, 2012 (PPI-OT): Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed has said here on Tuesday that number of vehicles in the city has increased manifold as there is hardly four percent public transport. He also voiced his concern over the road accidents, saying between eight (8) to ten (10) fatal accidents take place in the metropolis.

He said at a meeting held on Road Safety Coordination. On this occasion Chief Pattern of Road Safety Coordination Committee Dr. Rasheed Jumma, General Manager Sindh National Highway Authority Dr. Waliullah, Director General Mass Transit Rasheed Mughal, Director Technical Services Altaf G. Memon, Senior Director Master Plan Iftekhar Qaim Khani, Senior Director Municipal Services Dr. Shaukat Zaman, Senior Director Health Services Dr. Nasir Javed and other high officers were present. Administrator Karachi said that public transport was the basic need of Karachi and Bus Rapid System was the only solution of the traffic problems.

He said the quantity of Motor Cycles has raised upto 12 million while Qingqi autos had risen upto 70 thousands. He said that the age of Motor Cycle riders was from 16 to 25 who were untrained, non professional, unaware of traffic rules and ride without helmet. Therefore accidents take place.

Administrator said that it was the need of present era to start Mass Transit System in the city like other developed cities of the world. He said that each city has culture and signals were the culture of big cities in the world.

Whereas distances had been longer due to making big roads signal free which caused waste of time and petrol and due to this citizens were getting worse psychological effects and 20 to 25 percent of the people had begun driving carelessly ignoring traffic rules that caused plenty of accidents on daily basis. Officers related to National Highway Authority and Road Safety had informed that accidents had decreased by 20 percent through establishing Pedestrian Bridges in the city.

It was informed in meeting that black spots on Korangi Road had been removed with fixing new Jersey Barriers and roads were being widen. He further added that the traffic of Malir Bridge had been separated on both opposite ways and traffic speed had been killed through making speed breakers on Shahid e Millat Road.

He said new signals had been fixed on different roads of the city and 11 new pedestrian bridges were being constructed that would decrease the traffic accidents. Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed said that it was the need of preventing Traffic Management and citizens from the accidents on scientific basis and it was also compulsory to find engineering solutions to traffic problems.

He requested the Civil Society to cooperate with KMC for the solution of this serious matter and every citizen not only abide by the traffic rules himself, and work with us to aware others about this as well. Administrator Karachi has instructed Senior Director of Transport and Communication that each pedestrian bridge should be constructed with roof and attractive design for citizens so that they started using them and a competition on designing pedestrian bridges should be held for getting best designs.

He further added that Response Centers for helping citizens were being constructed beneath of flyovers and bridges so that Emergency Rescue Unit could reach accident location for instant help of citizens. He said that with the collaboration of National Highway Authority, Mobile Education Unit to different schools, colleges would be sent to create awareness of traffic rules in citizens. He further instructed that the trees and sign boards which are causing hurdles to drivers be removed immediately.

For more information, contact:
Administrator Secretariat
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)
City District Government Complex, 1st Floor, Civic Centre,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Tel: +9221 9923 2400 -01
Fax: +9221 9923 2406
Email: administrator@karachicity.gov.pk

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