Comprehensive strategy formulated for smooth flow of traffic during completion phase of Bus Rapid Transport System

Lahore, June 27, 2012 (PPI-OT): A comprehensive strategy has been formulated to ensure smooth flow of traffic and to remove other hitches during the completion phase of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) in Lahore. All the government departments would work in close collaboration to play their effective role in the completion of the project so that the people would be able to carry out routine working without facing any hindrance.

This was stated by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman while addressing the first meeting of the BRTS Project committee, constituted by the Chief Minister Punjab. The meeting was held at the Central Police Office today to finalise the arrangements to ensure smooth flow of traffic in Lahore during the upcoming monsoon and during the completion of the BRTS Project.

Lahore CCPO Aslam Tareen, DCO Noor-ul-Amin, CTO Dr Usman, Vice President Nespak Azhar Masood, Asrhad Malik, Saif-ur-Rehman (TEPA), Chief Engineer TEPA Muhammad Saeed Akhtar, MPA Mazhar Hussain Khan, MPA Khawaja Imran Nazir, MPA Rai Muhammad Islam, MPA Ramazan Bhatti, MPA Dr Saeed Elahi, MPA Hafiz Nauman, Project Director Israr Sahi, Sara Khan LTC and In-Charge Security Traffic Muhammad Sarwar attended the meeting.

The IGP, who is also chairman of the committee, directed the members that a proper publicity and awareness campaign should be launched to guide the public about the alternative traffic routes during the completion phase of the 32-Km long BRTS Project.

The meeting also decided that four traffic helpline would be set up at the offices of the SP Traffic City Division (02499213138), SP Traffic Sadar Division (042-99202102), Senior Traffic Warden, and In-charge Complaint Cell (0300-9421470) respectively in order to monitor the traffic flow on City road. The citizens can also contact the traffic officials in case of any complaint or suggestions.

It was also decided in the meeting that 372 traffic wardens would be deployed in three shift duties in seven traffic sectors of the project including Kot Lakhpat, Model Town, Ichhra, Mozang, Anarkali, Lower Mall and Ravi Road. Similarly, heavy transport vehicles would not be allowed to travel in on the roads in the abovementioned sectors during the construction of the project.

The meeting further decided that dumping of material and the machinery to be used in the construction work would be carried out from midnight (12:00) to 05:00 morning.

The IGP also directed the members that in order to keep the traffic flow smooth on the City roads, special water-pumps should be installed on both sides of the roads at two-km distance to discharge rainwater during the monsoon so that the work on the BRTS project could be continued without any hindrance.

The provincial police chief further directed the committee members to coordinate with the City district government, lawyers, traders and public representatives in order to finalise the strategy to remove encroachments during the construction of the project.

Meanwhile, the IGP has also ordered the authorities concerned to remove all types of barriers and barricades around the Central Police Office during the week in order to facilitate the general public.

For more information, contact:
Punjab Police
5th Floor, Police Headquarters (PHQ),
Punjab, Lahore
Tel: +9242 99213019
Fax: +9242 99213013
Email: adc@punjabpolice.gov.pk

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