Srinagar: Massive traffic jams were witnessed in various parts of Srinagar city as people ventured out for shopping ahead of Eid ul Fitr.
Failure of authorities to prevent traffic jams in the summer capital ahead of the Muslim festival Eid became a major source of inconvenience for the commuters The problem was aggravated by wrong parking and dilapidated roads in various areas of the city like Batamaloo and Qamarwari, this comes despite the relocation of vendors who were seen as main culprits for traffic jams.
“The authorities are acting as mute spectators to traffic jams. They just hold meetings and devise traffic plans, ironically these are not implemented on the ground, it is unfortunate that even on the occasion of Eid, they have failed to comfort commuters” said a group of aggrieved commuters.
Spot assessment of various areas of the summer capital reveals that the traffic jams are mainly caused by wrong parking on roadsides, absence of traffic cops and dilapidated roads.
Commuters who were seen shopping had to face series of problems due to the traffic jams, and were particularly unhappy with the way policemen were regulating traffic, a group of commuters blamed the authorities for not placing traffic men to regulate traffic rather than policemen who have no knowledge on traffic management.
“I was beaten by policemen when they failed to regulate traffic at Karanagar, they vented out the frustration of failure on me,” said an auto rickshaw driver
Commuters had to face tough situations reaching city centre “I went out for shopping in my car for my kids, but when I saw the state of traffic at Lal Chowk , I decided against it, given the sweltering heat, it was impossible for me to reach Hari Singh High street,” said a visibly aghast commuter Imran Ali
SSP traffic Maqsood Uz Zaman however said adequate arrangements were made to oversee the flow of traffic across the city and blamed the series of dharnas in the city for traffic jams.