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MoI ‘prepared’ to deal with possible traffic congestion Bid to ease entry procedures for travelers

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 4: Ministry of Interior is prepared to deal with the possible traffic congestion that could be experienced on the roads with the start of the new academic year, reports Al-Shahed daily. Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs and Field Supervisor of Traffic Operations at Ministry of Interior Major General Abdullah Al- Muhanna said the General Traffic Department, based on instructions from Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al- Khalid Al-Sabah, has allotted a plan for organizing the traffic in front of schools and for ensuring the safety of the students. He revealed that he held a meeting with the officials of his department to study the traffic problem experienced on main roads and intersections by conducting inspection visits to the roads and areas with schools before the start of the new academic year and ensuring all necessary measures are adopted to reduce the traffic congestion.

Major General Al-Muhanna affirmed that the law will be applied on those who violate the traffic laws especially crossing the red signal, blocking the movement of vehicles especially in front of schools and other such violations that could threaten people’s lives or waste their time. He explained that the traffic signals are programmed based on the traffic density in each direction, adding that the timing changes as per changes in the traffic movements. He urged road users to be careful while driving and follow the traffic rules and regulations for their safety and that of others.

Meanwhile, Director General of the Airport Security Department Major General Khaled Al-Saq’abi has affirmed that all security agencies at Kuwait International Airport have been closely coordinating with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and General Customs Department to ease the entry procedures for returning travelers at the end of the summer holiday and beginning of the new academic year. In a recent press statement, Al- Saq’abi revealed the highest authority at the Ministry of Interior has given instructions in this regard.

He also commended the efforts exerted by all workers at the airport, especially this time when departure and arrival traffic is very high. He said 156,691 passengers entered the country from Aug 20-25 while 89,667 traveled out of the country within the same period. He added the officials are cooperating with the General Traffic Department to ensure smooth flow of traffic in front of the arrival and departure lounges. He urged those who send off or welcome their relatives at the airport to cooperate with traffic officers to avoid traffic jams and guarantee the safety of everyone

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