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Residents reluctant to use overhead bridges

ISLAMABAD: Most of the residents living on both sides of 10 kilometers stretch of the Islamabad Expressway from Zero Point to Koral Chowk do not use overhead bridges erected to avoid mishaps, causing inconvenience to motorists.
The pedestrians try to jump the road at once which sometimes create a hurdle for the motorists. According to the police source, around nine fatal and non-fatal road accidents have occurred on the Islamabad expressway during the last three months due to the negligence of pedestrians who jump at the road. A well-placed traffic police official said that Islamabad Traffic Police (ICT) is doing its best to educate the road users and different signboards have also been installed there to guide the road users.
“I admit that most of the pedestrians, preferring short-cut, avoid using these overhead bridges and face road accidents,” he maintained. The official said that a letter has been written to Capital Development Authority (CDA) to install the iron grills at the main stops where the pedestrians try to cross the road. He said that our efforts would continue in this regard to educate road users. A traffic policeman is also deputed at each van stop on Expressway to guide pedestrians to use the overhead bridge instead of crossing the road in a risky way.
It may be mentioned here that overhead bridges have been installed on the request of people living across the expressway. The Expressway was one of the busy roads as most of the traffic coming from Lahore used it to enter in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Shahid, a motorist said the government has spent millions of rupees to facilitate people living across the Expressway for their safety. But most of the pedestrians are not using this facility, putting their lives in danger by crossing the road, he regretted. Irshad, a driver of public transport route 21, said most people do not use the bridge for crossing the road and disturb the flow of traffic.



M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.