March 13, 2015
Islamabad; 13 March, 2015: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of Punjab have agreed to undertake a technical cooperation project titled "Project on Improvement of Traffic Management Capacity in Lahore Central Area". A Record of Discussion was signed amongst various departments including Economic Affairs Division (EAD); Planning and Development Department, Punjab; Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department, Punjab; Transport Department, Punjab and Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA), Lahore.
With the Project, the traffic management in Lahore will be planned and implemented in an appropriate, reasonable and scientific manner. TEPA will be able to formulate and implement countermeasures for traffic management while knowledge on traffic management will be shared with related organization. Capacity development for traffic management of TEPA and related organizations will be supported by Japanese experts through advisory activities of TEPA's daily operation and trainings. Institutional and personal capacity for traffic management of TEPA will be enhanced mainly through implementation of pilot projects. Pilot projects will be summarized into a handbook to be used by TEPA and shared among organizations as reference for other areas.
In year 2012, JICA conducted a development study titled "The Project for Lahore Urban Transportation Master Plan Study in Pakistan". The study proposed;
(1) Long Term Urban Transport Master Plan up to 2030, and;
(2) Action Plan for identified priority projects up to 2020.
The Action Plan includes Core Program 1, which emphasizes on immediate commencement of mass public transport system such as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT); and Core Program 2, which proposed traffic management in central Lahore, where the worst bottleneck in the transport network of Lahore exists.
This technical cooperation project is one of proposed projects among the Core Program 2 and aims at enhancement of traffic management capacity of TEPA and relevant organizations.