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THE NEWS Chandni Chowk Flyover fails to solve traffic problem Khalid Iqbal Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The newly-built Chandni Chowk Flyover has failed to smoothen flow of traffic on Benazir Bhutto Road as motorist coming from Islamabad face worst kind of traffic mess after crossing it. However, motorists going to Islamabad do not face any traffic problem from Benazir Bhutto Hospital to Chandni Chowk. Talking to The News, motorists and commuters said that if the Punjab government really wants to solve traffic problems in the city, it should build a flyover from Saddar to Faizabad or construct flyovers at all busy intersections on Benazir Bhutto Road. People face difficulties due to lack of planning and lack of management of concerned authorities who have spent billions on Committee Chowk Underpass and now Chandni Chowk Flyover, they said. Motorists face traffic mess on intersections at Mareer Chowk, Liaquat Bagh, Kohati Bazaar, Naz Cinema, Rehmanabad, Sixth Road and Shamsabad. The blockade of traffic at these intersections creates worst kind of traffic mess on Benazir Bhutto Road. Punjab Highways and Roads Executive Engineer (XEN) Rana Muhammad Basharat admitted that there was a need to construct flyovers at all intersections to resolve the problem of traffic mess on Benazir Bhutto Road. He told The News that after establishment of U-turns at Rawal Road and Commercial Market Road, the traffic problem at Chandni Chowk Flyover would solve to some extent. Muhammad Nouman Haider, related to the planning and development field, said that the provincial government spent billions of rupees to provide hardly 10 per cent benefit to the public. The PML-Q government built the Committee Chowk Underpass by spending billions of rupees on it. Similarly, the Punjab government spent Rs1.216 billion on the newly-constructed Chandni Chowk Flyover, but motorists were still facing problems. He said that if the Punjab government wanted to save money to get maximum benefit it should spend money only on constructing a flyover from Saddar to Faizabad. The planners and designers could give all U-turns from flyovers to cover all intersections on Benazir Bhutto Road, he said. Naila Tasleem, a motorist, said: there is no benefit of the flyover because I remained trapped on Benazir Bhutto Road for at least one hour due to traffic mess near the Benazir Bhutto Hospital.

Chandni Chowk Flyover adds to traffic congestion
* DCO says another flyover at Sixth Road Chowk in pipeline to improve situation RAWALPINDI: Chandni Chowk Flyover built at a cost of Rs 1.25 billion has been creating more congestion on the busy Benazir Bhutto Road than before, as it is choking traffic at various traffic signals. The traffic police and district administration have been unable to ensure a smooth flow of traffic on the road from Benazir Bhutto Hospital to Committee Chowk. This is because the traffic, after passing the newly constructed flyover, gets stuck at Naz Cinema, Waris Khan, Kohati Bazaar and Taili Mohala. The authorities have set up a surveillance centre on the rooftop of roadside plaza at Chandni Chowk to monitor the timing and intensity of traffic following the construction of the flyover. The traffic police found that two U-turns on the road were causing the problem at Naz Cinema and at Kohati Bazaar. Traffic moves smoothly from Islamabad, but then gets jammed after crossing the flyover, as the road gets narrow.

To counter the situation, traffic authorities blocked the Naz Cinema U-turn, but it had no effect on the traffic flow. When contacted, Rawalpindi District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zaffar confirmed that the city administration had been observing post-flyover traffic flow on the busy road. He said that the U-turn at Naz Cinema was blocked to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the area, adding that if required, the other U-turn at Kohati Bazaar would also be blocked. Talking about the steps taken to permanently resolve the issue of traffic congestion, the DCO said the chief minister had announced construction of another flyover at the Sixth Road Chowk. He said the road at the point of Marir Chowk would also be widened under the Railway Bridge by creating two tunnels in order to give more room to traffic. app