Traffic chaos taking toll on business: KTMF

‘SSP Traffic behaving like an autocrat’

Srinagar: Stating that traffic chaos has gripped the summer capital, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan on Wednesday said that traffic police was squarely responsible for the mess.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance, said it was because of the traffic chaos that business activities have come to halt in the central business district, mainly between Dalgate and Batamaloo. A similar situation prevails in other parts of the city.
“On one hand, traders of Batamaloo have been rendered jobless due to the shifting of the bus stand whereas elsewhere in Srinagar, especially the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, business activities have come to halt due to irking traffic jams,” Khan said.
He said it was unfortunate that traffic police have miserably failed to regulate traffic whereas some of the senior officials in the department were resorting to “racial discrimination with the people of Kashmir”.
General Secretary of the Regal Chowk Traders Association Farhan Kitab said in the statement that all through his professional career in the commercial hub, he had never seen such arrogance in the traffic police that too when the department has been failing to conduct basic duty of regulating vehicular flow.
“The SSP Madam only makes symbolic visits much like some autocratic ruler. Amid high pitched siren of her vehicles she moves around in her cavalcade busy with her mobile phone. Such had never been the approach of the traffic police chief of Srinagar,” Kitab said.
The KTMF President Muhammad Yasin Khan said the prospective shoppers stay away from the city centre and that it was need of the hour for the government to take remedial measures. He appealed the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to personally look into the matter.


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