Visitors to Agra often complain about the city’s poor traffic management system. Severe traffic congestions on the main as well as arterial roads are everyday occurrences. Tourists, who come to see the Taj Mahal, recount of harrowing experiences on the roads.
Agra is spread over an area of over 4000 sqr km, with the projected population for 2021 to be around 2.3 million. In the last few decades, the city has emerged as a leading centre in western Uttar Pradesh for trade and commerce. Since Agra’s roads were built and expanded organically and periodically without much planning for the future course, traffic load in the city has far exceeded the carrying capacity of roads, leading to traffic jams on the roads for major part of the day.
Besides, the inter-mixing of slow moving and fast moving vehicles are further reducing the travel speed of all vehicles. Other problems like inadequate road width, concentration of major activities in one region, encroachment, dumping of garbage on roadside, improper design of road junctions, inadequate public transport, lack of sidewalks for pedestrians,, parking spaces and dedicated space for hawkers, are adding to the mayhem.
SPHEEHA decided to address these issues by involving all stakeholders through a seminar on ‘Traffic in Agra: The Sustainable Course’ held in November 2014.
A detailed action plan for traffic issues in Agra, developed by a team of IIT-Delhi professors in association with SPHEEHA was released by the Commissioner of Agra, Pradeep Bhatnagar in June 2015