Revised public office timings reduces traffic congestion in Punjab’s Mohali: Report

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In an unconventional move, the Punjab government’s recently implemented new office timings for the state government offices and departments has shown positive outcomes for traffic management in Mohali resulting to the reduction of traffic congestion.

On April 8, the Punjab government took a decision to announce new office timings for the state government officials working in various offices and departments across the state starting from May 2.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann informed that the working hours for government officials would be from 7.30 am to 2 pm, and the changes in the timings would remain in place until July 15.

Reports have claimed that the difference in the timings between the government offices and the private offices have reduced the load on the traffic in Mohali and has helped has shown results of a smooth traffic management avoiding any kind of congestion.

It is also being reported that the decline in accidents have also been evidently noticed.

A study conducted by the Punjab Road Safety and Traffic Research Centre has revealed a significant reduction in traffic congestion on the Airport Road due to the difference in the office hours between government and private sector.

Dr Navdeep Asija, the Director of Punjab Road Safety and Traffic Research Centre while speaking to a private TV channel stated that the results were noticeable in real-time data and the change in timings divided the rush into two slots which has led to reducing traffic commotion during morning and evening peak hours

Asija further stated that earlier, with both public and private offices closing at the same time in the evening after 5 PM, the traffic movement was substantial, which was resulting to long traffic jams and chaos. Asaji added, the revised office timings have declined the load and is being managed smoothly.

The Road Safety Director added the timing changes have not only resulted in declining traffic congestion but also has reduced accidents along the 18 km stretch of Mohali Airport Road.

 Asija said that previously, the 18 km stretch had lower vehicular movements in the afternoon leading to over-speeding by the commuters that resulted to accident but as the vehicle movement in the stretch has increased in the afternoon after changes in the time, have now shown a decline in the number.

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