The Capital Development Authority (CDA) two months back opened an 8-km long 'signal-free' 9th Avenue for the general public. After 7th Avenue, the 9th Avenue is the second major road in the federal capital. It would help the commuters ply between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. To overcome the traffic jam and keep flow of traffic smooth on the 9th Avenue, the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) have banned the entry of public transport vehicles of routes 113, 121 and 1-C to keep flow of smooth traffic. The environment wing of CDA have planted thousands of saplings of various species on the avenue. No doubt on the CDA and ITP has done great effort to assure smooth traffic flow on the 9th Avenue. But it's alarming to note that the commuters going to Rawalpindi, especially in evening, have to face massive traffic jams. This is because heavy traffic and public transport ply on Faizabad road that leads to Pirwidhai Chowk. To solve this matter, CDA and Rawalpindi Development Authority should develop a comprehensive plan to assure significant convenience of commuters going to Rawalpindi, otherwise the signal free 9th Avenue will be fruitless for those who go to Rawalpindi. -NAZAKAT HUSSAIN, Islamabad, via e-mail, April 21.