Guwahati: The busy GS road stretch from the Ulubari area to Khanapara would be having no traffic points. Yes! That’s what the chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has planned in recent times to ease the traffic snarls on this busy road which witnesses heavy traffic congestion normally.
On Tuesday, Sarma while addressing the media after a cabinet meeting in Barak valley’s Silchar town said that the state cabinet has decided to make three more flyovers in the city including one over the GS road to make commuting in the city hassle-free.
“The state cabinet has sanctioned three more flyovers in the city today. While one will be made in the Downtown area on GS road, two others will be constructed at Fatasil-Gorchuk stretch and Kumarpara-Fatasil stretch. We want to make Guwahati roads free from traffic points so that commuters can travel in the city without any hassle and traffic congestion in the city reduces to a great extent,” said the chief minister.
He added that the construction of these flyovers would be done in the next year. “While there is a flyover at Dispur’s last gate area, the new flyover will start from Downtown point to Assam administrative staff college point. We want to make the entire stretch from Ulubari to Khanapara on GS road, traffic point free for better commuting,” he added.
The stretch from Ulubari to Khanapara on GS road which connects the city with Meghalaya and other parts of the state has four flyovers already with the latest at Dispur’s last gate, a few hundred meters away from the proposed Downtown flyover.
Earlier this month, during a visit of the union minister for road transport & highways, Nitin Gadkari, sanctioned at least 10 more flyovers and road-over bridges across the state of Assam. The net estimate for these projects has been put by the ministry at Rs 738 Crores.
Already, with an acute shortage of manpower to man the traffic points in the city, the state police have decided to remove all traffic men from the signal points at intersections starting August 15, 2022, in a phased manner.
To make it happen, a total of 21 digital traffic systems have been installed along the GS road to detect any traffic violations and to ease traffic snarls. While digital lights will control traffic at the intersections and CCTV cameras will monitor violations of any traffic rule by drivers. The violators were now instantly fined through an E-Challan.
City police had said that after the successful implementation of the project, similar digital traffic systems would be installed throughout the city within a period of three months, leaving all the traffic signal points of the city unmanned.