A joint meeting attended by representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) was held Wednesday to discuss the causes of the current traffic congestion on Doha roads and implement measures to ensure the smooth flow of vehicles.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) was represented by the General Directorate of Traffic and Public Relations Department in the co-ordination meeting, the directorate said in a tweet.
There have been reports of increased traffic congestion on Doha's roads over the past few days, especially after the implementation of 100% in-person attendance in schools began on October 3.
Commuters have been expressing concern over the traffic snarls on social media, with one of them tweeting: "I have never been in crowded traffic like this in my life."
Another person said yesterday that her mother wakes up at 4am and she was still late to work. "How are we meant to deal with this traffic situation?"
One Twitter user recalled the traffic congestion prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. "Took me 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to work (usually a 15-minute drive)," he said.
"Daily 2 hrs... Plus people overtaking from left and right," another user said.
Traffic around schools, in particular, has seen a spike in congestion following the resumption of 100% attendance, some social media users point out, while others have also expressed concern over the road works around Doha.
One social media user said people should change the way they transport themselves and find alternatives to taking children to schools in cars. "All new, huge, modern roads in Doha and still enormous traffic jams.... We have to change how we transport ourselves."
Some have suggested co-operation between the authorities concerned, including the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, to work out solutions by co-ordinating the timings of schools and addressing other related issues. Others say the education authorities should take up the issue of buses with schools as many private institutes are reportedly not using buses due to various issues, compelling parents to ferry their children to and from schools in cars.
Earlier on Wednesday, the General Directorate tweeted the following advice: "getting out early during peak hours helps you reach your destination in a timely manner". It also stressed that following the instructions of the patrols and traffic officers during rush hours contributes to the smooth flow of vehicles.