Sep 19,2015

Amman is a major metropolis where about one-third of Jordan’s total population lives.

The sheer size of the capital city and the number of people living in it poses untold challenges and hardships to the Greater Amman Municipality, perhaps on par with the awesome national responsibilities facing the central government.

The GAM leadership has been doing a truly great job taking care of Amman and its infrastructure in order to make it a hospitable environment for good living.

Hardly a day passes by without hearing of new bold ideas and plans to either beautify the city, make it greener or addressing the traffic problem.

Most of the work done or planned by GAM happens behind the scenes and this is where the big challenge lies.

How to make visible to the public the hard work and efforts?

GAM succeeded in increasing the number of “beautiful spots” in the city and “fixed” the traffic problem at some roundabouts.

However, people judge the GAM’s performance on the basis of what they can see, and what they cannot discern with their eyes goes unappreciated.

There are several negative features of Amman that cannot go unnoticed and must be attended to rather swiftly.

Amman is among very few capital cities with large population that have no clearly demarcated street lanes.

This has become a prominent feature of the city that residents readily notice with dismay.

How can a city accommodating more than a million cars manage its traffic situation without visible lanes?

How can drivers acquire a culture of safe and orderly driving when there are no lanes on most streets in Amman?

Why is it taking GAM so long to attend to something so important?
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