Silchar, Sept. 22: A new traffic regulation will be in force here from tomorrow.
The new regulation aims at streamlining the flow of traffic in the town, which is reckoned as the second largest urban sprawl in the Northeast in terms of size (60 square km) and a population of nearly four lakhs.
A traffic regulation system has been clamped here for the first time since Independence.
According to a notice issued by the Cachar district administration, all Silchar-bound inter-state and inter-district passenger buses will terminate at the Silchar inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) at Ramnagar, a suburb on the western fringe of this town from tomorrow.
A senior official in the Cachar administration said the district authorities will arrange for a fleet of buses to transport commuters from the ISBT to the flag station on Club Road here, a distance of about 6km, at a regular interval of 15 minutes.
The fares of these link city buses will range between Rs 5 and Rs 8.
Sources in the district transport office here said this new regulation would be observed in a stringent manner and would ensure decongestion of slow-moving vehicles in this burgeoning town.
Sources said traffic congestion in some key roads of the town, along with its north-south axis in particular, has of late assumed gigantic proportions, forcing traffic jams.
The sources said in the last decade the number of private and passenger cars, motorcycles, scooters, autorickshaws and taxis has ballooned in Cachar district.
According to a district traffic advisory board estimate, the number of such vehicles, pegged at 36,000 in 2003, has increased to an unmanageable 60,000 at present.
The sources in the district administration today said the movement of passenger buses and passenger jeeps to and from this town has also considerably increased, leading to clogging of traffic at any given time at some of the key arterial roads in the town.
Sources in bus and Sumo passenger vehicle associations said around 20 inter-state buses and 96 inter-district buses ply to and from this town every day.
The important commercial roads and residential hubs of this town, which traces its origin to 1832, are Central Road, Park Road, Tarapur Road, Nazirpatty Road, SP Mukherji Road and Hospital Road. These bear the brunt of daily heavy traffic and traffic jams.