By Shafat Mir
Anantnag: With number of vehicles increasing every day, the traffic management is becoming a daunting task for the authorities in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, especially in the main town. The mismanagement of the traffic and callous attitude of drivers and commuters has left the town in a continued mess, often causing inconvenience to the people.
The sick and infirm become the worst sufferers, said a local resident. The vital routes leading to Child and Maternity hospital and the District hospital Anantnag often remain clogged with traffic. The bumper-to-bumper vehicle jams often block vehicles, even the ambulances carrying critical patients.
“I had to get down from the ambulance while my wife was writhing in labour pain inside the vehicle. Some callous people had parked their vehicles in the middle of road. We remained stuck for forty minutes, 400 meters from the Maternity hospital at Sher Bagh due to traffic congestion”, said Bashir Ahmed, a resident of Aishmuqam.
The same scenes are witnessed at other vital spots in the town including Mehandi Kadal, Mattan Chowk, Janglat Mandi, K P Road and Khanabal main point. Couple of policemen can be seen on the beginning of the day, manning roads and chowks but as the day advances they vanish in thin air.
“On my way to office, barely six kilometers from my home, I am usually stuck for more than an hour every day. The sumo and tavera drivers park their vehicles just outside the general bus stand on KP Road which leads to the traffic jam,” Aqib Ashraf, a bank executive said. “There is nobody to discipline these drivers. The administration considers the natives of this place as herds of sheep. Nobody bothers to check the violations by the public transporter operators”, Ashraf said.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Syed Abid Shah said that the administration has devised a traffic plan for the town. “We have devised a plan for the smooth movement of traffic. We are taking advice from the citizens of Anantnag also. We have decided to take suggestions from the civil society and the press fraternity during a meeting on January 31 at Dak Bungalow Anantnag”, Shah said.