FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Aug 17: Over 66 per cent of the denizens in Aruchal Pradesh Capital attributed haphazard parking as the main reason for traffic srl in the state capital and held the municipal council for poor garbage disposal.
Of the total respondents who, participated in the opinion poll on traffic magement and garbage disposal in the twin cities of Itagar and harlagun initiated by Chief Minister Pema Khandu through an online survey, a sizable 74.30 per cent are not happy with the road traffic conditions.
While 66.72 per cent blamed haphazard parking as the cause of bad road traffic, 47.67 per cent polled that rash driving, indiscipline, poor traffic policing were the cause. The solution put forward by the people against bad parking were implementation of stricter parking laws, dedicated parking space and deployment of more traffic police.
The online survey initiated by the chief minister immediately after assuming his office was aimed at paving way for participatory governce to streamline public services.
A total of 11 questions were put for the citizens to respond. While a total response of 2,149 were recorded in the maiden survey out of which 670 were incomplete responses and 1,479 were full responses.
The report of the survey was submitted to the chief minister on Tuesday. The will of the people has been quite clearly expressed. Citizens have indicated that they wish for better traffic magement, better garbage disposal and better roads.
While these are the major views, the details such as road dividers, more traffic police, dedicated parking spaces, stricter pelties were indicated for traffic magement while municipality pelties, photo apps, helplines were specified for garbage disposal.
As per the survey, people want roads to be improved but without disrupting everyday life (working in night shifts) and better solutions for civil governce. The citizens of the twin cities have voted in particularly large numbers (88.85 per cent) on having solution to garbage related problems which indicates the seriousness of the situation.
To improve garbage magement, 47.09 per cent said that there should be pelty on municipality for non-pickup of garbage while community monitoring by local citizens polled at 33.18 per cent and online complaint system got 21.78 per cent.
The poll also suggested that 94.89 per cent needs regular pick-up by municipality while 36.08 per cent say yes to phone call pick-up.
Meanwhile, the chief minister expressed satisfaction over the maiden exercise and suggested inclusion of a more holistic approach and to-the-point relevant questions to get the best out of people’s participation.
He directed that the report be shared with the Chief Secretary and all concerned departments so that people’s suggestions and priorities are taken into account while streamlining traffic magement and garbage disposal in the capital complex immediately.
Khandu also directed a similar online survey be conducted on governce and administration and the report be placed before him. He, however, stressed that the online survey should encompass the entire state and not only the twin cities of state capital.