The Gauhati High Court issued directives to curb the traffic congestions in the city leading to health risks and rise in cases of accidents.
Hearing a petition filed by Rita Das Mozumdar, the HC directed the formation of a committee to look into the matter. Mozumdar had highlighted how traffic congestions in Guwahati has made life haphazard and hazardous.
The court directed the committee to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the traffic congestions in the city and to suggest measures to tackle the issue.
The three-member committee will include the deputy commissioner of police of traffic division in Guwahati, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) deputy municipal commissioner and an officer nominated by the Assam State Legal Services Authority.
In addition, the state transport secretary Adil Hussain and inspector general of police Nitul Gogoi were asked to function as nodal officers in or above the committee to ensure proper proceedings.
The HC directed the committee to visit the main roads, markets and other places in Guwahati where traffic congestions are regular to take stock and suggest measures about manually handling the vehicular movement in these areas.
The court order read, ““The officers of the committee are permitted to take aid of the police staff as well for this purpose, if necessary.”
The committee has been asked to submit their preliminary report by August 22.