Srinagar: The traffic police on Monday said that it has made elaborate arrangements to discourage traffic gridlocks on Residency and M.A roads.
A press release by police department said that the new strategy has been devised for the convenience of general masses. The route plan envisages that during the festivals, no vehicular traffic shall be allowed to ply on Residency road from Radio Kashmir to Hari Singh High Street starting July 15 till Eid-ul-Fitr.
As per the new route plan, all Lal Chowk bound commercial vehicles approaching from Soura, Hazaratbal and Harwan shall adopt the following routes after converging at Badyari Chowk.
“From M.A bridge to Budshah bridge, the vehicles will pass through M.A road. At Budshah bridge, all vehicles shall take U-turn immediately below the flyover and shall proceed back along Budshah bridge- Maisuma- Madina chowk-Exchange road- Barbarshah-Baba Dharam Dass temple,” the release said.
At Baba Dharam Dass temple, the vehicles bound for Soura and onwards shall take a left turn towards Babademb and onwards.
The vehicles bound for Hazaratbal shall adopt Khonakhan- Khanyar route for onward journey and the vehicles bound for Nishat, Harwan shall follow Khonakhan- Badyari chowk route for onward journey.
The release said that all Lal Chowk bound commercial vehicles approaching from Pampore, Pantha Chowk, Batawara shall adopt the following route after reaching at Sonwar.
“Vehicles passing through Sonwar-Radio Kashmir-TRC-Golf Crossing-M.A road-Budshah bridge shall take fly-over route to reach Batamaloo and on return shall adopt Fire Service-Flyover- Budshah bridge- Maisuma-Madina chowk- Exchange road-Barbarshah- Baba Dharam Dass temple- SRTC crossing-Dalgate-Syed Sahib Sonwar and shall proceed onwards,” the release said.
All Batmalloo bound vehicles coming from Budgam, Rangreth, Humhama, Chadoora, Kralpora, Natipora, Sanatnagar, Rawalpora etc , after reaching Sherghari ,shall adopt Exhibition-Secretariat road to reach Batmalloo and on return they shall follow Reckchowk, P/S Sharegari-Iqbal Park-Bakshi Stadium, L.D Hospital, Lal Mandi, Jawahir Nagar, Jawahir Nagar Bund-Rambagh bridge and onwards.
All JVC and HMT bound vehicles shall take Tatoo Ground- Batamalloo route and on return shall take U-turn at secretariat crossing for onward journey.
As per the strategy, the parking arrangements for all private vehicles approaching Lal Chowk and around the city center have been made.
Residency road right from Radio Kashmir upto Hari Singh High Street(HSHS) shall be declared one-way for LMVs with entry at HSHS and exit point at Fancy Fabrics, Regal chowk, Polo View lane and no vehicle shall be allowed to enter the Residency road from Radio Kashmir side.
The areas like Sheikh Bagh, Press Enclave, Polo Ground (East/west), Polo View parking, Khalsa High School, Market near V-mart, Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium could be utilized by the people as parking places.
All shopkeepers and business establishments of Lal Chowk area shall park their vehicles at authorized and designated parking places before 9 am.
The traffic police have also declared some areas as no parking zones.
“No vehicle shall be allowed to park along M.A Road on either tube, Jehangir Chowk, Exhibition, HSHS and violators shall be dealt sternly. All commercial vehicle operators shall ensure that they shall not resort to intermittent stop, gaps and shall board or un-board passengers at designated bus stops and bus bays only,” the traffic police said.
“Any violation shall invite seizure of vehicle which would be released after Eid with due penalty. PSV-407 vehicles should not make un-necessary stops or slow movement and should keep moving so that traffic congestion is avoided” the police said.