CM Mr. Ameer Haider Khan Hoti being briefed about a traffic plane for Peshawar at his office on May.12,2008

Pakhtunkhwa's chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has given go-ahead to a newly formulated traffic plan for Peshawar City by the traffic police in order to improve the vehicular traffic system.

Directing finance department for the release of Rs. 60 millions for the plan, the chief minister said the traffic police would be equipped with latest vehicles, motorcycles and other allied facilities to enable them to cope with traffic related problems in the city.

This, he said while presiding over a meeting to discuss the New Traffic Plan being presented by the traffic police IG at his office on Monday.

Besides, IG traffic, other high ranking officials were present during the meeting.

The meeting also discussed various matters regarding traffic management, rider beat, transportation, increase in salaries of traffic officials and the receipt of fines.

Provision of latest vehicles, uniforms and other facilities to the traffic officials were also came under discussion during the meeting.

In his address, the chief minister said that because of lack of proper infrastructure, the unruly traffic in the city had peralized the lives of common people, saying the new traffic plan will help overcome the traffic snarls to a great degree.

Hoti appreciated the performance of traffic police for their efforts to maintain the city traffic despite lack of sufficient resources.

The chief minister stressed the need for resolving the traffic related issues by introducing new reforms and planning and agreed with the proposal of launching a phase-wise programme for improvement in the traffic system.

Hoti said the drivers should be educated about the traffic rules, saying lack of awareness about the rules was a key factor behind traffic violation incidents.

He also stressed the need for close coordination among district government, traffic police, CD and MD and RTA, adding lack of coordination has always resulted into increase in the problems.

Hoti also agreed with proposal of increasing the fine amount from Rs50 to Rs100, besides agreeing with provision of training and facilities to the traffic officials.

Meanwhile, chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has approved alignment study on Mardan bypass road. An amount of Rs. 200 millions will be set aside for the project in the next annual developmental programme (ADP).

The road measuring 17km will complete with a cost of Rs. 700 millions in a period of four years.

Presiding over a meeting of Frontier Highway Authority (FHA) at his office on Monday, the chief minister said it was mandatory on the officials concerned to confirm work on the already approved ongoing schemes.

He directed the finance department to show no lethargy in releasing funds for the said project and no hurdles should be created in executing the project.

Chief minister on this occasion directed the officials to present him a detailed report regarding the ongoing schemes.

He said police will cooperate with FHA in removing encroachments on roads.

He said the construction of bypass road would help mitigate the transportation problems of the dwellers, saying it was a long-lasting demand of the people of Mardan.