Traffic diversions? Grin and bear for time being

DUBAI — Senior officials of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have stressed that the different ongoing projects are aimed at improving the overall transport situation in the emirate and once completed they would give the denizens of Dubai a breather.

By Joy Sengupta

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Published: Wed 26 Sep 2007, 8:34 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:13 AM

During an interactive session with the media on Monday evening, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, spoke about all major ongoing RTA projects. Al Tayer said the completion of these projects would make the transport system more concrete and foolproof. Though the traffic diversions due to constructions were causing inconvenience to the commuters, he said these projects were for the same people and they would benefit from them in times to come.

Al Tayer claimed Salik, the road toll system, had hit the bull's eye. "There were many who said that the system would not work. But then the fact has to be accepted that Salik has made a difference. The Garhoud Bridge and the Shaikh Zayed Road are now free from heavy traffic. Also, they have allowed easy movements for ambulances, police vehicles, civil defence cars etc. People who have to rush towards the airport can now stay unworried after Salik. We have also been able to provide alternative routes to those commuters who don't want to use Salik. The widening of the Emirates Road has made life easy for the ones moving towards Sharjah," pointed Al Tayer.

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