Rawalpindi: To reduce traffic congestion and accidents on the highways, Divisional Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah issued a moratorium on approval for the building of educational institutions and health facilities on important routes on Thursday.

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Schools in rented buildings should relocate promptly, according to him, and change orders should be given. He also stated that the condition of an aide on the road will apply to hospitals. A review meeting on upgrading the traffic system and existing condition in Rawalpindi Division was being chaired by the commissioner and Regional Police Officer Ashfaq Ahmed.

Additional Commissioner (Coordination) Saif Anwar Jappa, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ali, a city police officer, the secretary of the Regional Transport Authority, the director of excise, the deputy director of information, and traffic police officers were all present at the meeting.

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Following the recent deaths of four children in a car accident in Bahawalpur, the Punjab chief secretary convened the meeting. He gave stern orders to fix the traffic system in all 36 districts of the province so that a tragedy like this would not occur again.

He informed commissioners that every school on the main road should have four road-cross aides to assist students in crossing the street.

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A collective awareness campaign on road safety will be started in partnership with the district government, in which Rescue 1122, the motor vehicle examiner, assistant commissioners, and DCs will tour schools and colleges to provide lectures.

A traffic audit should be conducted, according to the commissioner, by a team made up of traffic cops, Rescue 1122, and highway officials.

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