SHOPIAN: In the backdrop of representations received from various quarters regarding poor traffic management in the town, District Development Commissioner Shopian Mohammad Aijaz Thursday convened a meeting of line departments and held a threadbare discussion in order to chalk out an effective traffic management plan for the town.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Executive Officer Municipality, Dy. SP Traffic Police and representatives of Civil Society.
After three hours of deliberation and discussion, the meeting came up with traffic decongestion plan and consequently, DDC passed an order in this regard which read as, “Entry of the heavy vehicles and tractors in the town is hereby banned from 8 AM to 6 PM. The alternate routes for plying during these hours shall be through Sofannaman- Pinjoora to Habdipora.” Order further read that executive officer Municipal Committee Shopian shall ensure that unloading of goods & materials at shops shall take place during evening hours.
A committee of ARTO, SHO, EO municipality and SO traffic police Shopian has been constituted to look after the implementation of order in letter and spirit He also directed the concerned officers to intensify drive against wrong parking and idle parking.
It was given out at the meeting that due to the dearth of sufficient parking space in the town, the shopkeepers park their vehicles alongside roads which result in hour’s long jams and congestion in the town. To effectively resolve this issue, the DDC directed executive officer municipality to identify land within municipality limits where sufficient infrastructure could be created for car parking.