Discuss about the Traffic Problems In Kathmandu City.
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal which attracts large number of tourists from different parts of the globe. The city has been witnessing political, social, economic & technological activities on day to day basis. It has been seen that, the city’s population is increasing with the increase in the number of vehicles with no increase in the width of the road size. The traffic police of Kathmandu have been managing the congested traffic in the city with utmost professionalism & competence despite of lack of manpower and surmounting constraints (Bhole & Popescu, 2005).
Based upon an interview with the traffic police of Kathmandu, he says our main challenge is to smoothen the flow of traffic leading to reduction in the number of accidents as well as implement low cost traffic improvement schemes and mitigate the inconvenience to the users. There is always traffic problem in Kathmandu City as people are in a hurry to reach their destination. It is a tough task for the Nepal traffic police to manage the vehicles & pedestrians at the same time. As a result, long queues are made which leads to traffic jams & sometimes turns into a fatal accident as well (Clemm & Wolter, 2013).
Critique of the Background
The main problem in front of Nepal traffic police is to manage free flow of traffic i.e. pedestrians & vehicles in order to make the situation convenient. This essay takes into consideration an in depth study of traffic management in one of the busiest cities of Nepal i.e. Kathmandu (Thapa, n.d.). This essay is written on behalf of the Nepal traffic police agency (consisting of challenges & how to curb the same).
Critique of Statement
Based upon the Nepal traffic police, the highest priority is to enforce the traffic rules & regulations along with identification & implementation of specifications to enhance the road safety amongst the commuters & improve the flow of the traffic. The main aim of Nepal police is to make Traffic police mobile & not a static point wise duty force. It shall be seen that, proper motor cycles & other vehicles shall be provided to the patrol police & chase nab the offenders. This will help the traffic violators to get punished there and then (Traffic.nepalpolice.gov.np, 2016). The main aim for Nepal traffic police is to look for people who jump red lights, rash driving, parking made on the foot paths & negligent driving by the commercial & private vehicles. The Metropolitan Traffic Police says, they are trying to make every effort possible to control the rising traffic in the city with the various modern techniques such as use of various monitoring gadgets & controlling the same. Imparting road sense, teaching traffic rules & regulations to the defaulters has been on the priority list. Improving the standard of safety and prosecuting the errant & indiscipline road commuters remains on the highest priority list. Fatal accidents in the Kathmandu city have been referred to as one of the major concerns for the Metropolitan Traffic Police. An in depth study of the accident prone areas along with road turnings, improving the traffic routes &b strategic vehicle parking shall be done in an effective manner in order to reduce the number of accidents in the Kathmandu City (Traffic.nepalpolice.gov.np, 2016).
The report takes into consideration traffic problem from three different perspectives i.e. pedestrians, vehicle drivers & Nepal traffic police officer. The problem faced by pedestrians is to cross the road in heavy traffic. This is mainly due to lack of skybridge and absence of traffic lights or signals leading to long queues and wait for the traffic police to take a decision (The Himalayan Times, 2016). It has been seen that, due to long queues the motorists tend to take their bikes on the foot paths which creates a messy situation for the pedestrians to walk and wait for their turn to cross the road. It shall be taken into consideration that, more than 100 shops are opened on the foot path area which shrinks the width of the foot path and elongates the crossing time. Some of the traffic problems faced by the vehicle drivers are to wait for long period for their turn to cross a traffic signal. The vehicle drivers pay more for the fuel as they have to wait for long hours and loose the opportunity to reach the destination on time. Some of the problems faced by Nepal traffic police are to facilitate a free flow of vehicles on the road. Due to various hurdles & obstacles the Nepal traffic police is unable to perform their duties in an effective manner (The Himalayan Times, 2016). They are unable to boost the traffic flow within the city. But, they are regularly trying to make a continuous effort to perform their duties in the best possible manner. Some of the major problems witnessed by Nepal traffic police are that the vehicle users violate the traffic rules and signals which create a huge problem for the same. It has been noticed that, there are more than 200 shops over the foot path which allocates more time to the pedestrian to cross the road. The road condition in the Kathmandu city has been one of the major concern which leads to high levels of traffic. Government is planning to construct a 4 lane road in order to practice free flow of traffic. Though there are many traffic signals in the main crossings but none of them are on use. Therefore, flow of traffic is done manually by the Nepal traffic police and this leads to misuse of the human resources.
Proposed Plan & Process
Nepal traffic police launches an android application to manage the city movements in the best possible manner. This android application will help the visitors & pedestrians to drive better management in the city. The android application will not only update the users regarding the traffic in the nearby areas but also help them with the important phone numbers wherein they can secretly file a complaint regarding a traffic rule defaulter or inform the traffic police regarding any major/ minor accident (Wang, 2006). The android application has mainly 12 functions. Some of them are traffic lights, news regarding traffic, important numbers, and traffic FM radio, traffic control room for any query or information, traffic sign, traffic station, find a bank nearby & public eye. With the help of this android application, the users will be able to get any information regarding traffic signals or traffic rules or traffic jams. A visual aid has also been provided so that it becomes easy for the users to use the application at the time of need. According to chief of Nepal traffic police, he states that “we are not using technology, we are living on technology”. He also stated that, we have launched this android application to minimize the accidents & create awareness amongst the same. The major objective is to make traffic more accountable, create awareness amongst the users, provide an in depth traffic education & minimize the number of fatal accidents and provide a safe ride to its users (Wang, 2006). On part of the public, it has been noticed that people are coming forward for open discussions, providing feedback & suggestions to deal with the traffic problem in Nepal City. On part of the Nepal Traffic police, they aim to enhance the promptness and timeliness to address the traffic problems in the City in the most effective and efficient manner (A, 2014). Lastly, the Nepal traffic police states that in order to make it a success, effective and efficient management of the traffic shall be practiced.
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