Court order falls flat as SMC, SDA fail to provide adequate parking spaces in Srinagar

Court order falls flat as SMC, SDA fail to provide adequate parking spaces in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: The authorities in capital Srinagar have failed to earmark spaces for parking vehicles despite high court order to remove road side parking all over the city by May 1.
Even as the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) allotted 9 parking spaces on May 4 in the city, the vehicles are seen more piled up on the roadsides rather than parked inside the specific places.
The people say that the parking lots have been created at forlorn places and it is hard to find them accessible.
Aazimah Farooqi, a resident of Pampore shared her ordeal of not finding a proper parking space as her car was whisked away from Exhibition Crossing as she had gone for shopping inside Sarah City Centre.
“No sooner did I enter into the mall, my car was towed away by the cops. This was despite the fact that I had parked my vehicle in the designated parking space,” she said.
She said the spirit of the high court order to ensure free flow of traffic was appreciable but the common people have the right to know the places where parking is allowed.
Senior superintends of police (SSP) traffic Sargun Shukla said that her job was to provide hassle free traffic to the public.
“Providing parking space is not under the jurisdiction of traffic police. It is the prerogative of the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) and SMC,” she said.
On its part, the SMC officials say that they have earmarked 9 parking lots in the City. “We have allotted nine parking spaces for public use,” Chief Sanitation officer of Srinagar Municipal Corporation Manzoor Taray said.
He said the parking lots have been allotted at Harwan (in front of Harwan garden), Shalimar (opposite Mughal Garden) ,Cheshmashahi,  Makai point (boulevard road), Shaheed Ganj (near old secretariat), Karan Nagar (near National School), Nehru Park (behind hotel Nehru), Polo View (opposite Mughal Darbar) and Hazuri Bagh (near Iqbal park).
Sources said the parking spaces in the city with one of the highest vehicle population. According to the statistics compiled by March, 2015 at RTO Kashmir, Srinagar city has 254056 vehicles. The experts say vehicle population increases by 10 percent annually. This figure excludes the floating population plying in Srinagar being the administrative or commercial hub of the summer City of the State which added about 50,000 vehicles to registered vehicles.

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