Driving on city roads during peak hours, in the morning and the evening, is a tortuous experience. It is expected that the number of vehicles on the main arteries of the city, and also the highways leading to or out from the city, would be higher during peak hours.
But it is not just about that. The mess that we experience in the form of long lines of vehicles stuck at many places is something that can only be called hellish.
It only needs a drive on any of the main roads during peak hours that one can understand how gruelling it is to get stuck. One wonders when it is a normal thing, and happens every day twice, why the concerned authorities do not chalk out a proper plan to manage traffic during these hours? Why special units of traffic police are not employed to manage an enhanced rush of vehicles during this time? Why special equipment is not used to demarcate spaces for the vehicles coming from opposite directions at the most busy points? It is a common observance that the traffic jams on main roads happen because multiple lines of vehicles coming from one direction are formed and there is no space for the vehicles coming from the opposite side.
If this is checked most traffic jamming can be avoided to a great extent. This can be dealt with by dividing the road spaces at the most problematic zones, using the regular stuff that is available with traffic department. The second biggest problem that contributes to traffic jamming on highways is the already parked vehicles.
This is mostly found when the road passes through some busy town market. If, during peak hours special attention is given to this problem, and no vehicle is allowed to park on the road side in these busy town markets, that would significantly contribute to smooth flow of traffic.
If the concerned department is provided with the necessary equipment, and also with required human resource, and both are employed professionally, there is no reason why we cannot manage traffic efficiently even during peak hours.