Traffic congestion has become a scourge in Thimphu

In this modern world, car has become necessity to everyone, thereby in a standard home there may be at least two to three cars in each house or even more because of the requirements. Accordingly government should plan and also think of reducing the own car usage that is by replacing cars with cozy tramp and bus services in the country with the minimal service charges, most probably with solar driven transportations like solar trump and buses or even cable cars from mountain to mountain and even in urban areas with electric buses services with minimum fare, so that people will opt for such buses rather than own cars.  

It will be best option for minimizing traffic congestions from an increased vehicular queuing and pollution related while travelling.  On the other hand increasing vehicular traffic is a price of development because without movement nothing is possible so we have to gear up as fast as possible to reach the destination for the prosperity and mandates while working. Therefore, one has to think of other alternatives as long as we can come up with better alternatives.   

The best option could be having proper planning in the traffic scenario for the road users that is by replacing cars with clean technology and also affordable price, right now the electric cars cost is in the tune of Nu. 2.5 M per car or so which is very expensive, we must relook at it        and think of extending subsidizes for the electric car users in the country with the help of international bodies from the climate change scenario with the initiation from the National Environmental Commission.   

Simultaneously look for better plans that by introducing flyover wherever possible to solve the congestion problems in the cities so as to curve possible obstacles in the road causing a blockage and merger, actually, traffic congestion means there are more vehicles trying to use a given road facility than it can handle without exceeding acceptable levels of delay or inconvenience.

To improve traffic conditions, the best plan would be to widen road the narrow roads, add bus lanes, remove bus lanes, build tunnels, build new ring road, build light rail network and switch off traffic lights.

Above all one solution could be carpooling, perhaps the most effective way to reduce city traffic congestion is also one of the simplest solutions, carpool reduces the number of vehicles on the road, which help to reduce traffic issues and it also has the benefits of reducing emissions and wear and tear on the city streets.

We can also seek technological assistance in reducing traffic problem by wirelessly exchanging data, connected vehicles will be able to alert each other about traffic jams and delay producing events. With the use of V21 technology traffic signals are getting smarter and thus in turn can improve the traffic signals timing with the change in traffic all through the day. 

The V21 technology, which gives a better idea of traffic flow and the duration a vehicle stands idle at the signals. This in turn, can improve the traffic signal timing with the changes in traffic all through the day. The V21 technology will send the weather; safety related updates as well as accident alerts to drivers.

By using V21 technology to make road smarter is one of the best ways to reduce congestion in cities. Using connected video cameras and satellite imaging drivers can be informed about accidents and weather-related alerts as they drive on particular roads & expressways. 

The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) with the help of government may  introduce V21 technology to sort out problems by themselves in times to come so as to reduce traffic congestion by investing in active transportation and public transport can also help to reduce congestion, reduce delays from collisions, reduce the unreliability of travel time, reduce fuel and transport cost and improve residents ability to access facilities and services. 

Tshering, Thimphu