Junaid Nabi Bazaz
SRINGAR: Traffic department Kashmir Wednesday said that all street vendors and hawkers in city centre Lal Chowk will be shifted to some other place for smooth traffic and pedestrian movement.
Addressing a press conference here at Traffic Department headquarter, DIG Traffic Kashmir, Alok Kumar said that the huge presence of the hawkers and the roadside vendors affects the traffic as well as pedestrian movement in Lal Chowk.
“We have been talking to different departments in this regard. A proposal has been made and Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has started to look for suitable place t o shift these vendors,” DIG told reporters.
Kumar said that wrong parking and huge influx of vehicles from other districts into the city adds to the traffic mess. “This can be tackled once we have additional parking facilities. SMC has identified some parking lots at several places which will be used very soon,” DIG, who was flanked by SSP Traffic Haseen Ur Rehman, said.
He also said that demarcation of roads for different types of vehicles, additional traffic lights and more deployment of traffic police officials within the city was also being considered.
When asked why there was less deployment of traffic officials in old city parts, he said, ‘more persons will be deployed there in the coming days.’
DIG also asked the passenger vehicle drivers to desist from overloading. “Otherwise, stern action will be taken against them as per the law.”
“I ask people to note down registration numbers of those vehicles that they find violating the rules and inform the traffic department on its toll free number,” DIG added.
Regarding the violation of women’s reservation seats by men in the passenger buses, DIG said more than a law it was a case of morality, ethics and common sense.
According to the DIG, these decisions were taken after traffic department held meetings with SMC commissioner, SDA deputy secretary, Chief Engineer R&B department and various heads of police department.