YCDC plans more parking spaces to reduce traffic nightmare

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) will continue its efforts to reduce traffic jams in the city by constructing more parking spaces, reviewing the traffic light system in the city, and cracking down on taxis that are not licensed to operate in the city, it said.

Previously, it instructed all passenger buses to drive only on the right lane of roads with more than one lane.

Despite the efforts the committee has made so far, some commuters say the situation is worsening.

“I waste all my time on buses,” said Mg Zaw, a resident from North Dagon Township. “My job is downtown near Pansodan. Commuting back and forth takes about five hours a day, so I have no leisure time,” Mg Zaw explained.

The YCDC says it is doing its best to reduce the city’s traffic nightmare, but is hampered by the car-import system and a lack of land to construct multi-storey car parking. It is also cracking down on taxis that are only licensed to operate outside the city.

“We have total of around 50,000 taxis in the Yangon area. Some taxis operating in Yangon are registered in other regions and states. We are taken action against them,” Lt-Colonel Lin Htut from No 2 Traffic Police Force said, adding that the creation of bus-only lanes had helped reduce traffic jams. More than 100 taxis that were not licensed to operate in Yangon were nabbed between October 14 and 23, police said.

As the YCDC cannot obtain land for multi-storey car parks, more parking spaces will be created along roads, Soe Thein Aung assistant chief of the YDDC’s roads and bridges department said.

Lin Htut said data would be collected on traffic lights so that they could function in accord with the massive increase in vehicles on the city’s streets as well as the changes in traffic patterns.


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