GUWAHATI, Nov 24 � Welcoming the initiatives announced by the Kamrup (Metro) district administration for streamlining the city traffic, public activist Prof Deven Dutta today said that a cosmetic-change approach would not yield the desired results and that sustained enforcement of the traffic norms held the key to restoring some semblance of normalcy amidst the prevailing chaos.
�Take for example the rampant violation of the Motor Vehicle Act-1988 with the authorities turning a blind eye to these. The first and prominent violation is that no city buses or other commercial vehicles have the names and addresses of their owners written in bold letters on their vehicles. The authorities should immediately make the city bus and trekker owners to comply with this provision of the Act,� Prof Dutta said.
Pointing out that the chaos and lawlessness characterizing the city�s traffic stemmed largely from the inaction of the authorities themselves, particularly Police and Transport departments, Prof Dutta said that the perverse and pervasive practice of not stopping city buses at designated stops and operating as per whims of the drivers should be stopped forthwith through strict enforcement.
�Similarly, double parking, driving on the wrong side, driving without wearing helmet, rash driving, etc, must be stopped,� he added.