Salik side effect: Increased traffic congestion in Sharjah

SHARJAH — Less than a week after the implementation of Salik in Dubai, Sharjah residents have expressed concern stating that the toll system has increased traffic congestion in the emirate. There may be less traffic on Ittihad Road, but the Emirates Road, Gargash and Caterpillar Roads have been reeling under heavy traffic movement, residents said.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Fri 6 Jul 2007, 9:29 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:00 AM

A source in Sharjah Police noted that Salik could be effective in Dubai where there are many alternative roads. In Sharjah, motorists can hardly find options in case of a traffic jam.

Major Ahmad Abdullah bin Darwish, head of Accidents Section in Sharjah Police, noted, “It’s too early to guage the effect of Salik on the traffic flow on Sharjah’s entry and exit roads. This is the summer vacation period, hence the assessment won’t be correct.”

He expected more traffic congestion when the vacations end and schools reopen.

Major Darwish blamed traffic jams on motorists who try to find alternatives roads while entering and exiting Sharjah to avoid the toll gates and roads with heavy traffic flow, especially during peak hours.

When asked whether Salik-type system would be adopted in Sharjah, he said, “Currently, it’s not likely because in Sharjah, unlike Dubai, we have no major problem of traffic jams except on the feeder roads leading to Dubai. And we are completing several diversions in the heart of Sharjah that will be ready in the next few years.”

Agreeing with him, Dr. Obaid Butti Al Muheiry, member of the Federal National Council, said, “The traffic jams are not on the entry and exit roads of Sharjah. It’s all concentrated in the area between the two Salik gates, for those coming from Jebel Ali direction. But in the other direction we noticed no traffic jams, because most of the road users are residents of Northern Emirates.”

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