Says traffic police busy with collecting revenue through fines
Srinagar: Describing the implementation of traffic plans implemented by the traffic police as “half-baked and politically-motivated”, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) has sought personal intervention of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
The KTMF president Haji Mohammed Yasin Khan said that SSP Traffic has taken entire Srinagar for a ride through “insane plans” which have only furthered the woes of commuters. He said construction of the Jahangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover should be no excuse to put people to trouble. “Construction of flyover doesn’t mean that people have to spend the day stranded on roads, the ailing cannot reach hospital in time and others including schoolchildren stay helpless, while marketplaces suffer the most,” Khan said.
Stating that traffic police was doing “secondary jobs” of collecting fines only at the cost of their basic duty of traffic regulation, Khan said “If the duty of traffic police is restricted to revenue collection through fine then the department should come under the purview of the Finance ministry.”
Khan said that the traffic regulation is already so messy that potential shoppers avoid driving to the city center of Lal Chowk, Regal Chowk and adjoining areas. “At a time when it was needed to streamline the traffic flow, things have been worsened,” Khan said.
He said the government should not test the patience of the people but act before its late.