Ignoring pedestrians is no ‘smart’ move: Mishra

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Oct 2017 10:02:18


Staff Reporter,


Raipur is to be developed as a smart city and to fulfil the concepts of smart city there should be traffic parks and foot-path for the pedestrians to move safely, however the State has not so far embarked upon this concepts, stated S K Mishra, Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Administrative Reforms Commission.

Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’, Mishra said that Raipur city is taking shape of smart city but still there are no proper arrangements for the pedestrians in the city. He stated that Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital, District Court and Collectorate are three important places located at the heart of city where there is footfall from nearby districts in large number. In the absence of foot path they face difficulties as the roads are crowded with vehicles all along the day. If foot path is constructed on road side it would be helpful for pedestrians, he said.

He further added that there is lack of awareness among people regarding traffic. A full functional traffic park should be developed in city, so that people may be made aware of traffic rules. He opined that in metro cities similar measures are taken and students are made aware of traffic rules at school level on regular basis, so that the students make it sure, not to repeat the same mistakes when they are on road. The authorities must take advice from the experts from other states, to deal with such traffic situations.

SK Mishra is a retired IAS officer who served State Government as its Chief Secretary and Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission. He opined that are Traffic parks in Delhi and other cities and they play a role in creating awareness, as well as helps in improving the traffic movements. At present traffic control systems are installed at most of the important squares due to which traffic police on duty gets great relief but at the same time they should work towards proper enforcement of traffic rules. Those driving on wrong sides of road should be advised. At the same time it’s the responsibility of citizens also to obey traffic rules and avoid rash driving, added Mishra.