SOPORE: Traffic jams often choke the market of Sopore town leaving commuters particularly office-goers and students stranded for hours on daily basis.
Residents said that the Super Bazaar area of the town near Degree College Sopore has become a public nuisance owing to the routine traffic snarls created by the buses and matadors competing for the commuters.
They said that office-goers and students heading towards Baramulla, Srinagar and Bandipora are the worst sufferers who remain stuck in the heavy traffic jam and many times reach their respective destinations late.
“Every single day I get late for the college which prompts my teachers to mark me absent. It takes me one hour to reach Baramulla which is otherwise a 20 minutes distance,” said Nadirah Bhat, a college student.
Super Bazaar is a four-way intersection without any mechanism to regulate the flow of traffic. The residents have blamed the authorities for failing to streamline the flow.
A government employee namely Abdul Ahad, who is a daily commuter to Baramulla town, said that he prefers Sumo vehicles over matadors to reach office on time.
“Despite boarding a Sumo it takes us almost 15 minutes to get out of the traffic mess near Super Bazaar area of the town,” he said.
Some of the irate commuters contributed the mess to the sumo stand owners who park their vehicles on the roadside blocking the smooth movement of the traffic.
“A number of sumo stands stationed near Super Bazaar area, some of which are unauthorized ,also create mess near the place by parking their vehicles on the road side ,” said Mohammad Rafeeq, a resident.
Some of the locals also cited the installation of dividers near the place as the reason for traffic chaos. “The divider which has been constructed over a stretch of few meters near the Degree College Sopore has become the biggest catalyst for the traffic mess as it has made the two ways very narrow for the smooth traffic movement,” said a commuter, Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh.
“It becomes more worrisome when there are emergencies. Even ambulances with patients have to make halts and face the plight of this traffic snarl,” said Javid Ahmad, an Ambulance driver.
Sub District Magistrate, Sopore, Dr Nasir said that they were mulling to stretch the road divider to Iqbal market which would help in overcoming the traffic jams.
He said that the authorities have also started a drive against the drivers, who halt the smooth flow of traffic.