Srinagar: The J&K High court on Thursday passed directions to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, the Divisional Commissioner and the Transport Commissioner to comply with the ten points forwarded today by Sargun Shukla, SSP Traffic Srinagar, in her status report submitted to the court. The court directed that the compliance should be done by the next date of hearing on August 15.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that collective efforts were needed for easing traffic congestion.
“Before following the traffic plan, we need to have basic education about how to manage the traffic system. For this we have to study basic dimensions upon which a good foundation can be built,” said Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed.
The SSP Traffic who was present before court today gave a detailed view of the traffic decongestion plan based on ten points which are: complete removal of road encroachments by the SMC, installation of intelligent traffic management system, creation of
paid parking zones, expediting the work on Rambagh flyover, expediting construction work on alternate bridge to Abdullah bridge, expediting construction work at cement bridge, usage of immobilisers for traffic routes, segregation of inter city and intra city traffic, shifting of general bus stand Batmaloo to Parimpora, removal of structures that have created a
bottleneck at the Qamarwari Chowk, commercialisation of residential areas to be stopped and restored to actual position, labour commissioner to enforce the slated holidays of different markets, and trade markets on different days of the week.
The court in response said that the general bus stand Batmaloo has to go as it is creating a lot of traffic congestion and with respect to the other points
forwarded by SSP Traffic, they might be viable but all departments need to come up with a status report.
The court also directed that sign boards be erected in
the city for easy traffic flow, no-horn zones and silent
zones be identified in vicinity of schools, colleges, courts, and hospitals.
The report presented by the pollution control board indicated that particulate matter in air has exceeded permissible limits around Srinagar city because of vehicular traffic and roadside constructions. In order
to contain particulate matter, the SMC, R&B and traffic police were told to file a fresh report. The court also directed the member secretary of the committee formed by the court to summarise the deficiencies of the ‘pollution under control’ (PUC) certificate issued by PCB (Pollution Control Board) to vehicles
that are older than 15 years on next date of hearing.
The court directed the State Pollution Control Board to file an affidavit indicating fresh the status report at the five monitoring stations around Srinagar regarding the pollution levels.
“They shall also indicate requirement of the equipment and the stage at which their proposals are. If there is anything which needs to be done by the Central Pollution Control Board, they shall expedite the same because the position, as we prima facia see, is very dismal in Srinagar,” the court said and directed the SPCB to submit the status report before 15 August.
The court also directed departments concerned with traffic management to thoroughly go through the Environmental Act 1986, Noise Pollution
Control Act 2000, and the Motor Vehicles Act to better understand how traffic can be managed with minimal effect on the environment.
Removal of road encroachments by the SMC
Installation of intelligent traffic management system
Creation of paid parking zones
Expediting the work on Rambagh flyover
Expediting construction work on alternate bridge to Abdullah bridge
Expediting construction work at cement bridge
Usage of immobilisers for traffic routes
Segregation of inter city and intra city traffic
Shifting of general bus stand Batamaloo to Parimpora
Removal of structures that have created a bottleneck at Qamarwari Chowk
Commercialisation of residential areas to be stopped and restored to actual position
Labour commissioner to enforce the slated holidays of different markets and trade markets on different days of the week.