The commuters in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district have to bear the traffic mess as the authorities seem unwilling to take measures to rectify it.
Traffic jams along 500 meter stretch from main bus stand to Murran Chowk in Pulwama town has become a routine issue.
Eyewitnesses complained that during morning and evening hours the stretch remains choked with traffic.
The routine jams have caused inconvenience to commuters who said that their valuable time gets wasted.
Aijaz Ahmad, a resident of Newa village who is a student at degree college Pulwama said that on daily basis they get struck for one hour in the jam. The passengers buses we travel in takes 30 minutes to clear the 500 meter stretch from bus stand to Murran Chowk, Aijaz said, adding that the remaining four and half kilometers takes only 15 minutes, he said.
The commuters said that the authorities don’t depute traffic police personnel to regulate the movement of the traffic.
They also said that private vehicle owners violate traffic rules by parking their vehicles on the roadside that triggers the jams.
The commuters said that though authorities have started announcement through public address system warning wrong parkers of stringent action but they fail to take any concrete action fearing a backlash from them as the authorities have failed to provide parking space for private vehicles.
They said that to address the issue of traffic mess, authorities in Pulwama laid out a bus stand on the outskirts of the town near Drusoo village but it has not made operational since its completion three years ago.
When Assistant Regional Transport Officer Pulwama, Qaiser Mehmood was contacted he said that traffic from four routes converge at the stretch which causes the jam.
When he was suggested to depute traffic police for regulating the traffic he replied that due to Law and order problem the authorities do not want to take unnecessary risks.
He also criticized the decision of authorities to construct the bus stand at a place where transporters don’t want to park their vehicles.