Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday formed a committee comprising the Divisional Commissioner, the Transport Commissioner, the Vice-Chairman Srinagar Development Authority, and the Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation to work on reducing traffic congestion in Srinagar city.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice MK Hanjura directed the committee to meet once a month and include in the meeting other stakeholders to devise effective plans for solving traffic problems.
“Pollution certificates of vehicles be monitored and the vehicles which do not have the certificate shall be booked under law,” the court ordered.
The court directed the State Pollution Control Board to check pollution checking centres as to whether they are functioning properly or not. “Status report shall be filed by (SPCB) to indicate number of inspections of the pollution checking centres,” the court said.
It also directed the SSP Traffic Srinagar to present 10 points that all departments concerned should adhere to for bringing down traffic congestion in the city, “so that directions shall be issued to the concerned authorities.”
The court’s directions followed a power-point presentation by SSP Traffic Sargun Shukla in the Chief Justice’s court.
She informed the court as to what has been achieved in the past four months and what is still required to be done to regulate traffic in the city. The division bench appreciated her work as also her power-point presentation, which had pictures of various locations in the city taken by drone cameras.