With an aim to ease traffic congestion in the state capital, Chairman of NKVIB, Dr. Nicky Kire on Monday morning launched the Kohima Town Traffic Week at DC’s conference hall, Kohima.
Launching the traffic week, Dr. Nicky Kire, commented that traffic problem was felt by the whole citizen of Kohima and asserted that traffic clogging would be eased if collective efforts were taken by each individual.
Stating that traffic police often face a lot of problems and negative response from drivers, Dr. Nicky advocated the need to sensitize drivers and owner of vehicles.
He further stated that regulations of the traffic week should be executed for years and added that the department and NGOs should meet often to discuss and suggest constructive ideas for smooth flow of traffic.
Also speaking at the launching of the traffic week, Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, Sachopra Vero, said the traffic congestion in Kohima would pose as a continuous problem if not checked at the earliest because of the increasing number of vehicles. Asserting the need to discipline drivers, the DC said “if they follow the regulations, traffic problem would be eased.”
He informed that during the traffic week, defaulting vehicles would be pasted with “offender” sticker whereby the volunteers would forward it to the police and further added that stringent action would be given to those who offend the law more than once.
Kohima SP, Renchamo P. Kikon, who was also one of the speakers, said traffic problems were not just a problem of the police alone but a problem of all individuals and expressed hope that the traffic week would be a meaningful one with the contribution of all.
Stating that a fraction of a second could cause pressure in the three junctions-PHQ, TCP Gate and Razhü Point, the SP urged the need to sensitize drivers and owners of vehicles on traffic regulations and its etiquettes.
Chairperson of KMC, Vipopal Kintso, who also spoke called upon the need to take drastic measures to settle the issue of traffic jams in Kohima.
He maintained that the time wasted in traffic jams everyday was directly or indirectly affecting the economy of the state.
While stating that drivers should be disciplined on the road, he also said that the police personnel and traffic force should also be disciplined.
“It is not going to help if we keep pointing fingers at others, but it is the duty of each one of us to change things”, Kintso added.
Representatives from the Regional Traffic Officer, KMC, NSF, KVYO, APO and other civil bodies who attended the launching programme discussed matters on vehicular congestion due to roadside vendors, dumping of building materials on road side, etc.
They also discussed on use of footbridge by pedestrians, suggested night bazaar, and also discussed on the dangers of using mobile phone while driving.
Organized by the Kohima Police in association with district administration, Naga Students Federation, Angami Public Organization and Kohima Village Youth Organization, during the traffic week, mini buses would be monitored to ply only in a prescribed route with “picking points” to pick passengers within a specific allotted time while local taxis would not be permitted to park from PHQ to Razhü points; however Science College and Jotsoma bound Sumo taxis would be allowed to park in Chaü parking.
Pedestrians in Razhü point, Phoolbari and above Mezhür Higher Secondary School intending to cross over the other side of the road would be persuaded to use the foot bridge.