Road users undergoing risky task of crossing busy avenues

Faisal mosque islamabad

Faisal mosque islamabad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD: Billions of rupees have been spent in the capital on the construction of new avenues and highways to facilitate smooth traffic flow but little attention is being paid to the safety of pedestrians.

The issue can easily be resolved by erecting pedestrian bridges at the busy avenues, especially the Faisal Avenue, 9th Avenue, 7th Avenue, IJ Principal Road, Islamabad Highway and Kashmir Highway.

Pedestrians’ lives are at risk by not constructing a pedestrian bridge to facilitate the residents of Sectors G8 and G7, which lie on the opposite side of the Faisal Avenue.

It is to be kept in mind that PIMS Hospital, Noori Hospital, Rescue 15 office, schools and colleges, and residential colonies for officials are located in Sector G8. So, the pedestrians undergo a risky task of crossing the busy Faisal Avenue on daily basis.

“Worse situations can be witnessed during peak hours at various busy locations when students, women and elderly people keep waiting for long time to cross the road safely,” Abdul Karim, a resident of H9 sector, said. “The road is too wide to allow people on foot to cross, and at times, you see women with little children crossing the road.”

According to Islamabad traffic police (ITP), many people have lost their lives and many others got injured while crossing highways in absence of necessary pedestrian bridges.

A senior CDA official said that on some busy crossing points, they already had installed overhead bridges. He said the problem at Zero Point would be resolved soon, as pedestrian bridges would be installed at four locations under the Zero Point Interchange project. app

Source: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\11\story_11-6-2012_pg11_2