GUWAHATI, June 4 � The Division Bench of the Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice Abhoy Manohar Sapre and Justice AK Goswami, after hearing a Public Interest Litigation today directed the Chief Secretary, Assam to constitute a committee consisting of representatives of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), City Police (Traffic), Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) and Engineering Cell of PWD, Assam to take short term/long term measures on the issue of traffic congestion in Guwahati city and also to submit a concrete plan to tackle the traffic woes of the city within a period of two months.
The PIL was filed by 63 citizens of Uzan Bazar area on the issue of traffic congestion in BC Road, Uzan Bazar. The petitioners� grievance was that the people of the entire Uzan Bazar area have been facing difficulties in crossing roads in Uzan Bazar due to traffic congestion. The authorities of the GMC on earlier occasion submitted that the GMC on its own cannot solve the traffic problem without the help of City Police. Further, in terms of previous order of the court, the Superintendent of Police, Traffic, Guwahati, Pranab Jyoti Goswami filed an affidavit and personally apprised before the court today about the steps taken by City Traffic Police at Uzan Bazar to reduce the traffic congestion. Devajit Saikia, Additional Advocate General (AAG) on behalf of the State apprised the court that traffic in Uzan Bazar area is regulated by notifying the BC Road as One Way for traffic and has also taken steps to restrict parking on one side only. Saikia also pointed out that Traffic Police will monitor all the Traffic Points of the Uzan Bazar area.
The Court after hearing the views of the AAG and also the Superintendent of Police, Traffic on the issue of traffic hazard in the entire city of Guwahati issued a direction to the Chief Secretary for constitution of a Committee with the high officials of the concerned departments in reference and also directed to deliberate the traffic hazard issue of the city and submit a complete plan to tackle the traffic hazard of Guwahati city.
The case is fixed for further hearing on August 4 next.