Imphal, Feb 22: Perhaps the legislatures sitting in the opposition bench in the ongoing assembly session considered it as a waste of time or maybe they felt it not relevant to put matters regarding the traffic chaos in the state particularly in Imphal city, none of the MLAs who raise cut motion to the passing of the demand for grant of Rs. 15,29,27,000/- mentioned about the failed traffic system in the state.
MLA Fajur Rahman, of the Congress in his cut motion had expressed the chaos created by the uncontrolled increasing number of diesel auto vehicles in Imphal as well as other districts of the states. Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh in his reply finds no difficult to answer to the concern of the MLA saying that the Transport department has stopped issuing of license to the diesel passenger auto since 2015.
“We will stop giving license to such vehicle (diesel auto) considering the reality”, the Chief Minister said while urging the MLA to withdraw his cut motion.
Congress MLA Chaltolien Amo seems to be happy with the new government’s re-introduction of the Manipur State Transport to almost all the interior district head quarters of the state. His plea was to introduce a smaller bus as long buses being utilized at the moment fails to reach some parts as the road condition is not good.
Chief Minister said that the government is looking ahead for introduction of smaller buses which will fit for villages connected by small roads.
Well whether the state have a transport policy of its own or not to streamline the flow of traffic was never raised by any of the opposition MLAs, even after knowing that the traffic mess is the fall out to frame a proper policy.
In 2014, A draft Transport policy was prepared. The draft proposal is still seen in the web site of the state transport department.
Traffic mess in Imphal is due to the failure of the authority in providing proper parking at right place and failure to enforce traffic rule. This comes under the policy of the transport department.
Many times Chief Minister N. Biren Singh blamed the people on the lack of civics sense while driving. But he had never mentioned any measures to make the people follow the rules of the government.
It is pertinent to question on whether is it the Transport department or the traffic control wing department or the people driving on the road who is to be blamed on the traffic irregularities that keep on haunting the people everyday.
Whether there is a proposal to streamline the Traffic Regulation and Parking Committee or to formulate a concrete Transport policy, the ongoing state assembly today passed the demand without going deep into it.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.