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Motorists speak on traffic congestion
Enita Cherewo, Community Radio Harare (CORAH)
January 24, 2013
Harare say the city fathers should find ways of reducing traffic
congestion which has characterised the central business district,
thereby making driving difficult during the day.
a motorist, said Harare's reluctance to resurface roads which are
marred by potholes is contributing to congestion as drivers reduce
speed while trying to avoid potholes.
state of our roads is making it difficult for us motorists to navigate
through potholes. Because of this, drivers are sometimes forced
to travel at less than 10km/hr and this contributes to traffic congestion.
For me the solution to the problem is upgrading and regular maintenance
of our roads,' he said.
who drives daily through the central business district (CBD) to
her Graniteside workplace says defunct traffic lights and irresponsible
motorists are to blame for congestion in the CBD. 'There is
need for the city council to attend to traffic lights as most of
them are not functioning. There is also irresponsible driving in
Harare with motorists deliberately ignoring to observe rules of
the road. We see a lot of this happening at traffic lights where
drivers proceed when the robot signals red. This leaves other drivers
with the right of way puzzled and remain in the middle of the road
to avoid accidents and by so doing, congestion will be created,'
who is an urban planning expert told Talking Harare that the Harare
City Council should be responsive to the increasing traffic. 'As
a result of improving economic situation, a lot of people are buying
vehicles, and it is the duty of the City Fathers to be responsive
to the situation. I mean, there is need for proper planning and
implementation of managing traffic flow. This entails a cocktail
of measures which involves the traffic engineering and management
measures, there should be manpower that makes sure traffic lights
are working to ensure smooth traffic movement. There also come management
issues to do with proper parking bays and ensuring that there are
no bottlenecks in the system,' advised Toriro.
Efforts to get
a comment from council were fruitless as its spokesperson Leslie
Gwindi's mobile phone went answered till the time of going
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