Traffic rush on Express Highway irks commuters

ISLAMABAD: The commuters of the twin cities are facing traffic rush on the Express Highway due to rains as well as the strict security measures for ensuring safety of the citizens and participants of Azadi and Inqalab marches.Although, the department concerned has taken special measures to ensure the smooth flow of traffic but the uninterrupted rain is causing difficulties to the motorists. The commuters of the Express Highway and the other main routes are facing problems due to the prolonged sit-ins of Inqalab and Azadi marches, which have disturbed the routine life in few parts of the city, especially the Red Zone.“Normally, I reach office in 20 minutes but today, it took around one to one-and-a-half hour due to the traffic rush and extra security at the check posts,” said Asif Ali, who works at a private office at Zero Point. He added that the present rain spell has added fuel to the fire, as it is a test of our nerves to travel and reach our destinations in almost double time with bumper-to-bumper traffic.A government employee, Sabir Hussain said that from Khanapul to Dhok Kala Khan stop, it takes him almost an hour to reach his destination due to the traffic rush. “What are the benefits of these marches for a common man except increasing their problems, leaving them with no option except to take long routes or stuck in traffic wasting fuel and having extra burden on our pockets,” he added.People traveling on the Kashmir Highway have to take turn to the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) to again catch the road near PTV-2 due to the development work of the metro bus project. The business community in different areas of capital is specifically affected by these protests as the number of customers has reduced and their sale graphs are constantly showing downward trends. The students are also the main victims of these marches as their vacations have been extended for the fifth time. 

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