The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has made the Srinagar Highway in Islamabad a signal free corridor by introducing strategic U-Turns, which have been opposed by majority, in order to reduce the traffic congestion and improve traffic flow in Islamabad.
The administration of the Federal Development Organization (Capital Development Authority) is also introducing effective measures to control traffic flow in Islamabad city as well as introduce various types of traffic management systems. In this regard, the administration has introduced Protected U-Turns to help the traffic flow in the capital as per the plan of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP).
According to details, the planned project on Srinagar Highway consists of three Protected U-Turns with the first U-Turn built between G-12 and NUST University. This U-Turn, which is being called the G-12 U-Turn, will be used by incoming traffic towards Islamabad to get to G-11 service road, while traffic coming in from GT Road will use it to get to NUST University and Shams Colony.
The second U-Turn is being called the G-11 Police Line U-Turn (aka Protected U-Turn 02) and it will be used by traffic coming towards Islamabad to get to G-10 service road, while traffic coming from GT Road will use this U-Turn to get to NUST Police Line, H-11, Airport and GT Road.
The third U-Turn on Srinagar Highway (Protected U-Turn 03) built between G-9 and G-10, will be used by traffic coming towards Islamabad to get to G-8 and G-9, while commuters coming from GT Road will use it to get to G-11, NUST and Airport.
Two of the three U-Turns are completely operational while work on the third U-Turn is underway, which will be completed within two to three days. It is clear that all these U-turns have been taken full care of safety measures so that the vehicles coming in will have enough signage for drivers to easily move towards them.
It is clear that the interchanges built on the Peshawar Mor Interchange would have costed more than Rs. 7.5 billion only taken at least three years to complete. However, In light of a special survey of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP), the CDA administration completed the U-Turn project at a very low cost.
It is expected that the completion of this project will improve the flow of traffic on Srinagar Highway by using pointless U-Turns, while previously installed traffic lights will be moved from the U-Turns as well.
At this time, the Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) said that in light of the suggestions given by IG Police Islamabad and SSP Traffic Police, the work of the project has entered the final stages of completion. The completion of the project will help reduce traffic congestion and save fuel and time for commuters.
The citizens of Islamabad (Islamabadians) have opposed the U-Turns at Srinagar Highway, adding that these have increased their travel time as well as fuel costs due to their pointless nature. Let us know in the comments section about your opinion on the matter.