Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has started working on a plan to make some roads leading to the Raja Bazaar one-way to end traffic congestion there.

A senior official of the RMC told Dawn that the corporation had started a survey of Iqbal Road, Liaquat Road, College Road and adjoining roads in collaboration with traffic police and the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA).

The survey was aimed at identifying roads for entering and exiting the Raja Bazaar, he said, adding the survey report would be presented to the elected members for the approval.

“One way traffic is the only option to end traffic congestion in the downtown area,” he said, adding once the one way traffic project was approved the stall holders would not be allowed to establish their stalls on the roads there.

RMC has started surveying Iqbal Road, Liaquat Road, College Road and adjoining roads in collaboration with traffic police and RDA

Jamia Masjid Road and D.A.V College Road were already declared one-way but the decision has created more traffic mess in the area.

A senior official said permanent solution to the traffic gridlock was to end the encroachments permanently, which only required political will.

A senior official of the traffic police told Dawn that the civic authorities should work for the parking plaza at main bazaars of the city so that the people would park their cars there instead of roads.

When contacted, former PML-N MNA Malik Shakil Awan said that the provincial government had asked the local administration to identify vacant places for the construction of parking plazas in the city.

“Mayor Sardar Naseem has suggested to the provincial government to turn the old offices of RMC on City Saddar Road into a parking plaza and work on this plan would be started soon,” he added.

Mr Awan said that after this, two parking plazas would be available for the Raja Bazaar and one-way traffic would end the traffic congestion there.

He said that one-way traffic was the only solution to end traffic congestion in the busiest part of Rawalpindi city.

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