KOHIMA, AUGUST 27: With registration of around 100 new vehicles every month, Nagaland’s capital town, Kohima is heading towards worse traffic problems in the near future, said Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Kohima, S Yangsanglee Chang.
Speaking during the 10th anniversary celebration of the first driving institute in Kohima – Rutsa Driving School, Kohima village, here today, Chang said currently in Kohima not less than 100 vehicles are registered monthly.
Vehicular mobility has become a very important aspect of life and a necessity because of which while the district administration has enforced an odd-even system of vehicular movement in Kohima during the pandemic period, people are going to the extent of having more vehicles for mobility on both days, he said.
However, the RTO, Kohima, expressed concern that Kohima does not have scope for expansion of road and the current trend of drastic increase in vehicles registration would only lead to massive traffic jams to the extent of traffic coming to complete standstill.
Therefore, Chang opined that the Government needs to come out with specific terms and conditions for purchase of new vehicles. Kohima is under Smart City project and owning a vehicle should be with responsibility, he said.
He also suggested that colony residents from the same office should use vehicles on turn basis to go to office and also utilize mini bus services to ease the traffic congestion in the State capital.
Lauding the initiative of Rutsa Driving School towards imparting basic driving skills, along with the traffic rules and the road signages, the RTO, Kohima, further appealed to drivers to always use seat belt and helmet by 2-wheelers.
Proprietor of Rutsa Driving School, Khriesaneisa Rutsa delivered the welcome address and also shared the history of initiating the school.
He also encouraged drivers to be aware about traffic signs and rules saying that “we may know driving but if we are not aware of the road signs and traffic signals, we are almost illiterate drivers”.
He also stressed on proper use of lights, horns, over-taking norms and dos and don’ts for safety, besides carrying dustbins in vehicles as part of cleanliness drive.
Experience sharing as a student of the driving school was presented by C Tiamenla and Petekhrielie Suohu and by Rovi and Medonuo as instructors.
(Page News Service)