Improving traffic system in Lucknow and other cities necessary
Chief Minister views presentation given by Amity University students on how to improve traffic system by using Gomti River
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has stressed on the need of streamlining of the track traffic in cities across the state, including in state capital Lucknow because without proper traffic management, moving on streets and roads was difficult and traffic snarl-ups posed a big problem. He further stated that major cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra and Meerut along with other cities were faced up with major traffic bottlenecks and therefore it was necessary to pay immediate attention. He said that the government was doing its bit to improve the traffic scenario.
The Chief Minister aired these views today at his official residence after viewing a presentation by students of the Amity University wherein they had explained how the river Gomti could be used to plan a new traffic system. He pointed out that the state capital was expanding fast so its roads and infrastructure facilities were also being upgraded accordingly by the State Government. New bridges, ROB’s were being constructed and the roads were also being widened so that traffic could be smoothened and roads decongested. He also pointed out that the state government was exploring new ideas for commuting, as a result of it the Lucknow Metro Rail would begin chugging by October next year.
In their presentation, Amity students said that Lucknow has about 300 buses, 17,000 auto-rickshaws and 12 lakh private vehicles. The city was on the banks of river Gomti and it linked both ends of the city. If the river Gomti was used for public transport, not only will it save money but would also be an environment-friendly mode of commuting.
According to the presentation, this project will cost Rs 60 crore which will be used in making dockyards near the 8 bridges in the city to ply boats. For this, a special type of catamaran ferries will be used which can move even in 2-feet deep water. This will not only reduce the travel time considerably but would also be economical.
The Chief Minister saw the presentation very minutely and gave some suggestions. He said that some 30 years ago, river Gomti was used for transport. He congratulated the students behind the project and said that very soon he will hold a meeting to deliberate on it and explore further possibilities.
During the presentation, also present were the Pro-Chancellor of the Lucknow campus of the Amity University Maj. Gen. (retd.) KK Ohri, Director of the Amity Business School Prof. VP Sahi, Deputy Director PR and Communications (Amity) Mr. Ashutosh Choubey and Planning Coordinator of the Amity School of Architecture and Planning Ms. Deepti Pandey Rana.