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The world over it is a known and proven fact that flyovers are not a
solution to internal traffic problems in any city. Flyovers are ok only on
expressways or highways.

Making a flyover on a congested internal road is like loosening the

waist belt to be comfortable with ones increasing obesity. It may be
necessary to loosen the belt when one is overweight but it is not the solution
to the problem. The ultimate solution is to check and reduce weight, i.e.
manage obesity. If the weight is not checked in time and it keeps increasing
then there is a limit to loosening the belt also.

If a holistic approach is not taken to understand and manage the

traffic, any flyover would only increase the traffic quantum, as more and
more new users would be tempted to take the route, and after a certain limit
and period of time the route would again choke up as there is no limit on
number of vehicles.

Many a recent flyover are excellent examples of the above

phenomenon when the moment the traffic descends down the flyover there is
a huge pile up of vehicles sometimes even over the flyover itself.

Now the situation at Baraf khana and Azad market chowk:

A careful observation of traffic pattern and behavior would highlight the

following features:

1. There is always a traffic jam at the intersections when the

automated traffic signals are not working and subsequently traffic
is regulated manually.
2. Even when the traffic signals are working, sometime there is a jam
that is normally due to the slow moving traffic not adhering to the
signals, either starting before the light turns green or continuing
even after the lights are turned red, which results in traffic on the
other sides getting accumulated.
3. Thirdly the green lights for either side are for very large durations,
which result in pile up of traffic on the red light sides, which
incidentally does not have a higher holding capacity. Thus on the
other side, the traffic piles up to the next intersection resulting in
absolute chaos.

So if a careful and scientific traffic management system, which could

include a rotary at the Barafkhana chowk, is evolved and implemented,
most of the localized traffic issues would be resolved.

As for a broader traffic management, a more holistic approach is

needed which could include regulation on movement of different kind of
traffic, different timings, stringent enforcement of basic traffic rules like
lane driving, stopping at stop line etc., instead of haphazard constructions
of flyovers anywhere.

Jovial Vaghela

B.E. Civil