On day 1 of diversion plan, Valley traders cry ‘traffic terror’

On day 1 of diversion plan, Valley traders cry ‘traffic terror’

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) on Wednesday sought personal intervention of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in ending the traffic mess resulting from the “half-baked and politically-motivated” traffic diversion plan.
The KTMF president Mohammed Yasin Khan, who also happens to be the chairman of his faction of Kashmir Economic Alliance, said the divisional commissioner Kashmir in consultation with the SSP Traffic have taken entire Srinagar for a ride through the “insane” diversion plan.
He said construction of the Jahangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover should be no excuse to put people to trouble.
“Construction of a flyover doesn’t mean that people have to spend day stranded on roads. The ailing cannot reach hospital in time and others including schoolchildren stay helpless, while marketplaces suffer the most,” Khan said.
“For the past few days, media had been highlighting that Srinagar was heading for traffic terror and today, when the traffic diversion plan was implemented, the worst fears came true,” he said.
Terming the diversion plan as “irrational and despotic”, Khan said even commonsense has been sidelined in the name of traffic management.
“The traffic police is doing secondary jobs of collecting fines only at the cost of their basic duty of traffic regulation. If the duty of traffic police is restricted to revenue collection through fine, then the department should come under the purview of the Finance ministry,” Khan said.
He said the diversion plan failed on day one and has exposed that traffic won’t be able to move in the coming days when durbar move offices reopen in the summer capital and business activities also pick up.
“None of the stakeholders have been consulted over the issue and this despotic style won’t work,” Khan said, adding that the traffic regulation is already so messy that potential shoppers avoid driving to the city center Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas.
“At a time when it was needed to streamline the traffic flow, things have become worse,” Khan said.

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