The uniflow traffic system introduced
last week runs into snags but authorities remain optimistic. Ishani
The new traffic system introduced last Sunday
and Monday on a trial basis was aimed at easing heavy traffic blocks.
It envisaged a one-way traffic flow northward along the Galle Road
from Wellawatte upto Kollupitiya Junction while traffic moving southward
from the Liberty Plaza roundabout would use Duplication Road upto
Dharmapala Road, Wellawatte.
trial run however threw up several shortcomings and the authorities
are now back at the drawing board to iron them out. Y.G.R.M Lafir,
Senior Superintendent Police of Colombo City Traffic Police pointed
out that when the trial run was held on Sunday, a day with fewer
vehicles, traffic had flowed smoothly. On Monday however, a day
considered to have the heaviest traffic flow, "we had a few
a result of incomplete repairs on W.A De Silva Mawatha, Wellawatte,
many people take Peterson Lane. "Therefore when the one-way
traffic system was implemented, at about 7.30, 7.45 in the morning
we had about 500- 600 vehicles coming into Galle Road," said
SSP Lafir. Another problem was that many people could not make a
'U' turn near the Bambalapitiya Flats to head to the opposite direction
with the one-way traffic system.
SSP Lafir sees it, in a country like Sri Lanka where the number
of vehicles on the road increases every day, the uniflow traffic
system is a must. But how do the public see it?
most motorists favoured a smooth flow of traffic they were not 'all
for the new system'. "It has not been planned out properly,"
said H. Silva who says that a lot more time was wasted on the road
mainly because no one really knew which roads they could take and
people opted to take alternate roads causing more of a traffic jam,"
said J. Soysa adding that at one point the traffic was clogged for
a good 15 - 20 minutes down Havelock Road. "The other problem
is the by-roads," he said, pointing out that they are just
Galle Road now having six lanes of traffic moving in the same direction
many believe things will go smoothly. But the problem arises when
you want to switch lanes. "The islands in the middle are a
hindrance," said L. Fernando. SSP Lafir responds that once
the new system runs smoothly, the Colombo Municipal Council should
resident of Deal Place, Colombo 3 pointed out the hazards faced
by pedestrians trying to cross the Galle Road through six fast moving
lanes of traffic. “I had a narrow escape on Monday,”
he said, warning that regular crossings and safety at these points
is a factor the authorities must pay heed to.