Shopian: Despite two successive orders by district commissioner’s office banning the movement of tractors and other heavy load carrying vehicles through the town market in Shopian during office hours, the vehicles carry to ply in violation of the ban.
The restrictions were put in place after students and office goers complained about the frequent traffic jams caused by the load carrying vehicles. People complained that the traffic messed prevented them from reaching their destinations in time.
To add to the ordeal, private cars and passenger vehicles are seen parked on the roads, brining the town to a grinding halt. “I was stuck for one hour in traffic jam. Despite narrow roads, people park their vehicles in the middle of the road. Tractors and trucks fill the market place without care about other people. They must be dealt with by the law,” said Mubashir Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Chitragam.
Section officer of traffic police Shopian, Ghulam Rasool, told Kashmir Reader that ordering ban on anything was easy but it needs manpower to implement it. “We are only five men to manage traffic in the district,” he said. He added that they need at least 15 men to handle the traffic.”
Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Muhammad Aijaz, when contacted, said they have ordered a ban on the entry of tractors and it will take some time for complete implementation. On lack of manpower, he said that he will speak to the concerned authorities.