Srinagar: The J&K High Court has banned the entry of heavy vehicles during peak hours at Pantha Chowk in the outskirts of Srinagar.
“Till further orders, the entry of heavy goods vehicles in and around the Pantha Chowk area is prohibited during peak hours i.e. between 09:00-11:00 am and 04:00-06:00 pm on all working days,” a division bench of the Court headed by Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar directed the authorities.
Pantha Chowk has a three-way crossing — one towards the highway, the other towards Sempora-Zowra, while the third leads to Lal Chowk.
The direction followed perusal of a status report by the Court, stating that till the completion of widening of the Pantha Chowk stretch of road, a temporary arrangement of banning entry of all heavy goods vehicles — including tippers, trucks, dozers, heavy load carriers engaged in quarrying and carrying of stones, cement, construction material and the carriage of cement from the nearby cement factories – during peak hour is in place.
However, amicus curiae advocate Jawed Reshi submitted that the authorities continued to permit the entry of heavy vehicles and urged the Court to order a prohibition on such vehicles during peak hours.
The Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Kashmir Consumer Welfare Forum, an NGO, seeking streamlining of the flawed traffic system in the summer capital of the state.