Srinagar: The SSP Traffic Srinagar said on Monday that the existing traffic diversions in the city will be done away with from Tuesday.
In a press conference held here, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Fayaz Ahmad Lone said that in view of the inclement weather and recent snowfall, the traffic diversion stands cancelled for “temporary basis till weather improves in valley.”
“Several people approached us and complained of inconvenience because of snowfall. To ease the problem we have decided to do away with (traffic) diversion plan in the larger interest of the general public,” Lone said.
He said that there would be two-way traffic from Bemina and Tengpora areas while the the traffic plan for Rambagh flyover road will remain as it is because of “non-availability of any alternative.”
Seeking the support of people in managing the traffic, the SSP said that the doing away of the diversions may cause congestion at some places in the coming days.
“But, if people strictly follow traffic regulations, there would be minimal chances of traffic mess in the city. We are changing the traffic plan for the convenience of the general public and it won’t succeed unless they cooperate fully with us,” he said.
Replying to queries of media persons, Lone said that his department had minuscule manpower for managing the whopping number of public and private vehicles.
“We have written to the government about the induction of more manpower in the traffic police. Moreover, we are working on a number of proposals for hassle-free movement of traffic in the Valley,” he said.
Stressing on awareness among general public of rules of safe driving, Lone said that the J&K traffic police would be celebrating the coming week from 9-16 January as traffic awareness week. Officials in association with NGOs and youth clubs will be holding general awareness programmes and educating people about safe measures while driving a vehicle.
“We will also be holding awareness camps for drivers and make them aware of their responsibilities and of the consequences if they drive arbitrarily,” he said.
In the coming days, he said, traffic police was going to install CCTV cameras and would also be acquiring breath-analysers to keep vigil on violators of traffic norms.