More cars, illegal parking worsen Mandalay’s traffic woes

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Due to an increasing number of vehicles, roads in downtown Mandalay are congested every day, with the problem made worse by illegal parking on roadsides.
To combat congestion, the Mandalay City Development Committee is carrying out projects to expand roads, build overpasses and open some streets to one-way traffic.
The Myanmar Police Force has assigned more than 250 members of the Traffic Police to solve the congestion problem in Mandalay.
“Traffic blocks occur at the corner of 26th and 80th streets in downtown Mandalay from the early morning to evening. The growing number of vehicles is one of the problems,” a local resident said.
More than 700,000 motorcycles have been registered at the Directorate of Road Administration in Mandalay Region up to the end of February 2015, according to a recent regular session of Mandalay Region’s Hluttaw.
The department has registered 836,385 vehicles, including 77,563 cars and 772,522 motorcycles.
Mandalay City’s seven townships are home to more than 1.72 million people.
While officials are striving to ease traffic congestions, local people need to abide by traffic rules, a driver said.–Aung Ye Thwin

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