Massive Traffic jam blocked the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway from PanthaChowk onwards on Saturday as no vehicle could move an inch for almost three hours as the ruling PDP had organised a public gathering at Sheri Kashmir Cricket Stadium Sonwar. The party was celebrating its ‘raising day’.
The commuters said that they were stuck in jam for two to three hours with traffic police also looking hapless to control the situation.
According to the witnesses, the rush of people created huge traffic jams on the National Highway near Sonawar, Batwara and other areas in Srinagar.
“We can’t move ahead even a single inch, even ambulances are struck in the traffic jam,” a passenger told Kashmir Vision over phone.
According to the reports, the people participating in the celebratory function had parked their vehicle alongside the road which subsequently led to the chaos.
“Even traffic police is helpless here, they don’t know what to do and are sitting on the roadside watching the chaotic scenes,” said another passenger near the venue.
“My kids have been stuck in the jam from the past two hours. They had finished their exams at DPS school and were headed for home,” said Showkat Ahmad, a distressed parent who was waiting for the jam to clear up.
What was interesting to note that the ambulances carrying critically ill babies towards the GB Panth hospital also were stuck up in the jam for hours.
“I have kept the sirens on as a critically ill baby is to be admitted in the hospital, but the traffic police is so busy with managing VIP movement that they do not give a damn to the sound of the siren,” said the ambulance driver.
He said that the situation is chaotic as nobody is trying to resolve the crisis.
Interestingly, office goers had to debark the vehicles at Batwara and move on foot as the serpentine line of the vehicles was not moving an inch for hours together.