Long hours of traffic jam on National Highways 40 and 44 is a pain in the neck not only for the state government, especially the Traffic Branch but also for every traveler for various purposes. The traffic congestion on the Highway is also affecting the city life, as most of the lanes are connected to the Highways. The developmental works, trade and commerce, tourism, even the local cabbies are the most affected sectors, not forgetting our students although most of them are now on winter vacation.
Superintendent of Police (City), East Khasi Hills, M Kharkrang on Wednesday appealed to commuters to resist from overtaking on National Highway, he further added, during traffic jam caused by the breakdown of vehicle or accidents, Police Control Room should be informed immediately, Shillong Traffic Police will clear the jam within a reasonable time.
Kharkrang further added, the analysis of the recent traffic jams which stretches for hours clearly indicates that overtaking by all types of vehicles results in clogging of vehicles at a particular point which takes ours to disentangle. He appeals to all commuters to avoid overtaking for their own convenience and also for others.
The observers could not resists commenting on the appeal of Superintendent of Police (City), being too mild, understanding that all commuters in Meghalaya lack Traffic Cultures, secondly scarcity of manpower in Traffic Branch and thirdly, mild appeal is not going to help, all it requires is action.
Once again the State of Meghalaya landed in a major controversy relating to the nomination of the MPS (Meghalaya Police Service) Officers to the IPS (Indian Police Service). Four out of five MPS Officers of the 1989 batch are being superseded by lone officer of 1996 batch. Six names were recommended by Home Department to Delhi for nomination to the IPS.
This is not the isolated case in Meghalaya when it comes to such nomination or even promotion in Police Department.
It is also the same in the case of MCS (Meghalaya Civil Service) recommended for nomination to IAS (Indian Administrative Service) or be it for any other services like Forestry or just the post of Central Information Commission.
In the recent case, Home Department knowing well that there are just two vacancies for Meghalaya, five senior MPS are due for nomination, yet a junior of seven years are nominated, is understood would have been based on some caliber of the individual, as the nomination are purely on the Annual Confidential Reports of the officers.
On taking charge as the Chief Executive Officer, Shillong Cantonment Board, S Prabakaran very first official order was “No polythene allowed in Cantonment board area.” He took charge of the office on August 11, 2011. Coming from Madurai, third largest city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu also known as Temple city, he must have been shocked to see so much accumulation of garbage within his jurisdiction, which is one of the commercial markets of Shillong city.
On banning plastic in Shillong Cantonment areas, he also started collecting other plastic waste from baby foods, fast-food and other packages, which will now be laid as road within his jurisdiction.
The technology is brought to Shillong by Prabakaran from Thyagarajar College of Engineering (TCE), Madurai, the pet project under the supervision of Dr R Vasudevan, Dean and Head of Chemistry Department, TCE, who is now known as the ‘plastic road man’.
The outbreak of Bird flu in East Garo Hills district has not only caught the State Government off guard, but it challenges the claim of the Government of India, who on December 29, 2011 declared India as “Bird Flu Free country.” India’s broiler industry has been growing at a rate of 15 percent annually and produces about 1.9 million tonne of chicken meat every year. India also exports eggs to foreign countries. The outbreak of H5N1 will surely affect the national economy.
The State government immediately sprang into action to restrict and neutralize the virus from spreading. Thousands of birds were disposed through culling. However, the fear psychosis of the consumer in consuming the poultry and poultry products had seen a steep fall in the state’s broiler industry.
The genesis about the source of virus is yet to be established, however, the authorities urged upon the people not to panic, as the sources is being suspected to have comes from outside.
Besides thousands of birds being culled, no further screening was conducted. Unlike in the previous occasion, Birds flu was an epidemic, in the North East only the Government of Sikkim was religiously screening all the entry of vehicles to the state at the entry point. All vehicles were quarantine before entering the state.
The management of traffic flow in Meghalaya is a total failure. The only statement of senior bureaucrats in Meghalaya can comment while seeking suggestion to ease the traffic congestion. The Division bench of the Gauhati High Court (Shillong Bench) direction to the Chief Secretary, Government of Meghalaya to file an affidavit as to what steps have been or are being taken for removing/controlling the traffic chaos along the National Highway 44 particularly, between Shillong and Umiam and also within the city also could not streamline the chronic problem faced by the public.
The daily affairs of traffic jam on National Highways from Ri Bhoi to Jaintia Hills, totally chocking the Khasi Hills are not attainted to by the authorities concerned to ease the congestion.
Talks about lack of civic sense or traffic culture of the drivers only ends up in discussion in segregated groups in offices and homes, no voices are being raised, except on one occasion where civil societies in East Khasi Hills holds a protest, which also ends on that motivated day due to long hours of traffic jam.