The court had ordered the government to make all the roads leading to Srinagar ‘motorable’ in ten days
Srinagar: The J&K high court has granted the state government a week’s time to file compliance report to its directions on ameliorating traffic woes in Kashmir Valley.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and D S Thakur granted the time after Additional Advocate General B A Dar submitted that he could not file the compliance report before the registry and sought permission to place the same on record.
The court on previous hearing had ordered the government to make all the roads leading to Srinagar city “motorable” by removing all ditches and other impediments in ten days.
“Generally, it is noticed that due to harsh weather and other circumstances, most of the roads are in a bad condition. Until macadamization process is taken up at an appropriate time, the concerned authorities including Chief Engineer shall ensure that within a period of ten days, on fast track basis, at the first instance all the main roads connecting Srinagar city are updated by removing all ditches and likewise, all roads within Srinagar city are made motorable by removing all ditches and other impediments within a period of ten days,” the court had said and directed the authorities to file compliance report.
It had also directed transport commissioner to file a report as to how TATA passenger vehicles with squeezed seats and “virtually no leg spaces at all” are allowed to ply on the roads across the Kashmir Valley.
It had also sought status report from government on implementing direction for identifying unauthorized auto, sumo and bus stops as well as their abolition.
The court had also directed Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of all districts of Kashmir province to file status report regarding smoothness of roads and traffic congestion in their respective districts. They have been also directed to state measures taken to improve the road condition and for decongesting the traffic for the public good.
Meanwhile SSP Ganderbal in a status report filed in compliance to the court’s directions has stated that the condition of the roads in the central Kashmir district needs immediate attention. The officer said that there are frequent traffic jams particularly on road stretching from Nagbal to Duderhama and even as police regularly deploys its manpower at Nagbal, Beehama, Duderhama, Nunner and Towheed chowk for smooth traffic movement.
He said that the road widening from Nagbal to Manigam Bypass and from Beehama to Duderhama can lead to smooth traffic movement. Similarly, the officer said, the removal of bottle necks on the stretch was necessary. “The one way traffic at Wayil Bridge causes heavy traffic congestion during Amarnath Yatra and a double lane permanent bridge will help in smooth traffic flow,” the officer added.