Traffic on the highway is a problem not only for those in Colombo but also for many who come to Colombo.
The seriousness of this problem lies in the very word we use to mean heavy traffic. Traffic congestion is a common occurrence in any country in the world.
When it comes to road accidents in the world, 18.2 out of 100,000 lives are lost every year.
But there are two regions that have a higher value than this overall world percentage: the African continent and the countries of Southeast Asia.
Some of this data is from a few years ago.
As a country we have been able to bring Sri Lanka to a positive place in this list due to the police officers and honest public servants in our country.
But due to a mistake somewhere, the traffic is still the same.
The other thing is that this traffic congestion has become a factor that can affect the mental health of the citizens of our country in a way that none of us think.
The other day I was walking around the Homagama electorate with the leader of the Samagi Jana Balawega, Sajith Premadasa. I thought I could take it. H
e was talking about the same traffic he was talking about.
I also raised some issues statistically.
“How long does it take to get to Colombo when you come to the office this morning? It takes more than an hour to get vaccinated from cities close to Colombo like Maharagama, Rajagiriya and Kelaniya. Even if you go off in the evening.
I go to the office in the morning under a heavy pressure due to the traffic jam at the clock.
Getting stuck in traffic in the evening and going home under pressure .In anger, that pressure comes out of the children at home.
If you look at the hour in the morning and the hour in the evening, 2 hours a day, 10 hours a week on the road. (5 working days). Approximately 40 hours a month. That guy spends 480 hours a year on the road. 480 hours is 60 days out of 8 (8) working days.
So that man works 60 days a year, on the road. 60 days is two months.
The other issue is the damage to the country’s economy in addition to man-hours.
“Sri Lanka loses Rs. 397 billion a year due to unnecessary fuel burning and wastage of time,” said Professor Amal Kumarage of the Department of Transport and Supply Chain Studies at the University of Moratuwa. (According to the BBC)
Why no one understands this problem. There is no point in blaming the past. Right now we have to find a solution to this problem. ”
I am still on the road to record these details from my mobile phone. I am stuck in traffic in Maharagama town. The guy in the bar next to me, guessing he’s doing an executive class job with a tie, looks at his watch a couple of times behind the traffic.
He’s missing a few minutes. But the country is losing hours of people full of energy who can work ..
I am Eranda Weliange