Install Traffic Lights in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu has been facing a growing number of traffic snags, ranging from jams to fatal accidents. Let's admit it; we all have frustrated at the situation of traffic control in this city. The erratic chaos and the complete inability of the traffic department to stem this growing problem has earned our marked dissatisfaction. Often, we have to wait no less than 15 minutes just to go to the other side of the Chowk. A 10 minutes' drive lengthens into an hour's journey. Whether it be from Chabahil to Naya Baneshwor, or Jawalakhel to New Road, we have become so normalised by this complete disarray that we do not care anymore. But as people who contribute to a better tomorrow, we must care. This isn't another day as usual. This is the result of the complete apathy of the authorities -- who turn a blind eye -- to improve this situation in the capital. How much more can we, as citizens of this city, tolerate this mayhem? We are clearly frustrated from this situation, which can easily be remedied by better traffic control. 

This petition exists as to petition and pressure the authorities to switch from manual traffic control to an electronic traffic control system. With a coordinated traffic control system, we can: 

  • Reduce congestion and travel time
  • Prioritise handling of traffic as per the needs 
  • Increase the road capacity to handle traffic
  • Reduces pollution and saves fuel
  • Relieves the traffic police who have been doing their harrowing job
  • Increase productivity and reduce road rage etc.

Studies have shown that adapting this system will significantly decrease the woes a common person has to face. A case in point: when Los Angeles (USA) adopted synchronised traffic lights, it has been estimated to increase travel speed by 16 percent and reduce travel times by 12 percent. This is notwithstanding they already had traffic lights in the first place, which is a mark improvement over manual traffic control.

With the elimination of power cuts, such a system (which had been previously rejected due to this very reason) can be implemented readily and swiftly. The previous traffic lights, which had been dysfunctional due to the reason of 'loadshedding', can be repaired. No more should the authorities hide behind the facade of 'Loadshedding'. We all should unite and ease the traffic congestion in the valley.

"एक थुकी सुकी, सय थुकी नदी"

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