Junaid Nabi Bazaz
SRINAGAR: Traffic department is planning to rope in petrol filling stations to stop fuelling two wheeler- riders who don’t wear helmets.
This was stated by Inspector General of police (traffic) JP Singh Saturday at a press conference Saturday.
“ The process in this regard has already been started and we are trying tie-ups with petrol pumps of the valley. It will be implemented shortly,” said Singh who was flanked by DIG traffic, Alok Kumar and SSP traffic, Haseeb-ur-Rehman.
The move has come in the wake of rising traffic accidents in the Valley particularly involving two wheeler riders. According to official figures, 281 people died while 2563 were injured in 1865 traffic accidents in the valley in 2014 alone.
Singh also announced a slew of measure for the smooth traffic movement in the summer capital Srinagar, ahead of offices moving from Jammu to Srinagar, which brings additional 22% of traffic to the Valley.
The civil secretariat closed in winter capital Jammu on Friday and would now re-open in Srinagar on May 5 as part of over a century old practice of ‘Darbar Move’.
As per the plan, one way traffic will remain in force on Residency Road from Radio Kashmir Crossing to Amira Kadal and no vehicle will be allowed to move in the opposite direction. The IG said that any violator would be dealt with heavy penalties.
Singh said that wrong parking of vehicles on road side also leads to traffic jams and advised people to use parking spots for the smooth traffic movement.
When asked why the department has failed to overcome chronic jams in Srinagar, IG said that everything could not be done by the department alone. People should act like responsible citizens and inform the department on toll free (18001807091) if they found traffic rules violated, he said.