Posted by Tshewang Lhamo on May 6, 2011 in Town Planning | 3 comments
The congestion can be managed by proper traffic management and more so by sharing cars and not that every office goer drives a car for himself and herself. Lot of our road can be made one way for smooth flow of cars – it will cost the car owner a bit more and it will cost the environment proportionately higher.
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Encourage car pooling not just for work but for going to school, attending talks, and going to public. sports events. Institute a system of charging for entering the city centre during peak hours. Prevent heavy vehicles from coming into the main city during peak hours. Most important of all – improve public transport. have a bus running the route along the main route in the city centre to make it more convenient for passengers and develop mass car parks on the peripheries of towns. These are not new ideas and we hope the authorities/ decision-makers are listening.
The most simple and pragmatic solution is, “IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES”
We need to come up with updated and innovative ideas to improve transportation services for a situation like ours.
The fact is many people has their own unpleasant story to share about their journey in Buses and cabs. I have personally experienced several teriffic situations. The common problems are:
- lack of bus services (even dzongkhags)
- customer unfriendly buses, especially for long journey like Thimphu – T/gang
- Drivers are reckless(eg. starts moving before commuters can take their seats)
-using mobile by drivers creates fear in the people.( I hardly slept during a journey between T/gang – thimphu..drivers was reckless and was on phone so often)
-stopping the buse unnessarily
-picking up passengers in the middle of the journey.
-luggages are not taken care, if it rains in the middle of journey, expect that your luggage is already wet.
These are the few things that makes public less interest in commuting. If the above points are corrected, I will sell by car and will opt for public transport services. Just reflect, the excitment and interest shown by the people simply due to introduction of coaster buses services. Imagine, the responses from the public if others services are improved.
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