UPU to devise Emergency Traffic Management Plan for Peshawar

June 2, 2015 Off By Web Desk

Peshawar: Urban Policy & Planning Unit (UPU), P&D Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has organized one day workshop on “ Emergency Traffic Management Plan” in collaboration with USAID at local Hotel in Peshawar to develop & recommend a strategy for handling traffic during emergency situations in Peshawar city for the smooth flow of traffic.

It was deemed necessary after the tragic incident of Army Public School, caused causalities of hundreds school children, to introduce traffic plan for effective emergency traffic management in Peshawar to maximize the utilization of the transportation system and minimize fatalities and losses.

Welcoming the participants on the occasion Executive Director, UPU, Taseer Jamal Alizai said that the basic aim of conducting this workshop was to onboard all the stakeholders including administrative departments, Private sector organizations and academia to sit together and find a way that how all the concerned entities could work in an efficient and coordinated manner with timely sharing of sensitive information and quick demand responding during emergency situations.

Over 50 participants including SSP Traffic Police Peshawar, Capt. Wahid Mahmood, Dr. Naveed, Assistant Professor, UET Taxila, Dr. Jawad, Assistant Professor, Dr. Imran Hafeez, Associate Professor, UET Taxila, Mr. Waseem Khan, Emergency Officer, Rescue 1122, Peshawar, etc attended the workshop.

SSP Traffic Police Peshawar informed the participants that due to inadequate urban transport system the city is facing several traffic issues that put huge pressure on the existing transport infrastructure. He highlighted that huge number of unregistered taxis and rickshaws, lack of parking facilities in Commercial/non-commercial areas, huge encroachment and lack of traffic rules/laws awareness due to non-establishment of Government owned Traffic / Driving Schools and security check points have further aggravated problems of traffic in the provincial city.

Four groups of the participants were made for brainstorming on the different aspects of emergency traffic management and give recommendations for the preparation of Emergency Traffic Management Plan for Peshawar city.

Concluding the workshop Executive Director UPU thanked the participants and hoped that this exercise would be proved beneficial for devising a comprehensive Emergency Traffic Plan for the city.