SRINAGAR: In order to discuss problems regarding parking of vehicles and traffic movement, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) held an interactive meeting with SSP Traffic, Srinagar Tahir Saleem Khan and Additional SP Traffic Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, at the chamber office on Thursday, an official statement issued on Friday read.
The representatives of the business community extended their cooperation to the traffic department for smooth movement of traffic and at the same time requested the department to ensure that the designated ‘central business district’ would be provided basic facilities like parking slots and other utilities.
The pressure on the existing parkings due to the presence of a large number of banks, insurance and telecommunication offices in the area was also discussed. It was proposed that designated parking zones would be earmarked for the parking of employees of these institutions and also for the vehicles of the business establishments of the respective area.
The SSP Traffic informed the chamber that a proposal was already being prepared which earmarked about 28 new parking slots for these zones.
Representative of the Hari Singh High Street Association Sheikh Usman Fazal highlighted the problems being caused by the footpath vendors who despite court orders still keep hampering the smooth movement of traffic and encroach upon the parking facilities for the customers.
He said, “The area earmarked for parking of vehicles of the business establishments has also been handed over to rehabilitate these vendors without providing any relief to the business community of the area.”
The Poloview Association and the Lambert Lane Association also drew the attention of the authorities towards available plots in their respective areas which could be converted into parking areas. All the associations were supportive of the proposal for introduction of paid parkings which would regulate the parking areas and increase the movement of general public to the central business district.
Representative of Doodhganga Road, Karan Nagar Mubashir Sultan, apprised the SSP about the problems caused by the declaration of that road as ‘one-way’. “I will personally visit the area and assess the situation, and if required, remove all bottlenecks in the smooth movement of traffic,” SSP traffic assured the representative.
KCCI Senior Vice President, Nasir Hamid Khan observed that the traffic department of Srinagar was “understaffed” and urged the government to “augment the department by at least 1500 officers and other personnel” so that effective regulation of traffic takes place in all areas of the Kashmir province and not only in some specific areas.
The practice of deflating tyres of wrongly parked vehicles should be stopped as it infringed upon the rights of the public and put them to severe inconvenience was proposed. It was also suggested that female drivers needed to be extended a degree of relaxation and, if possible, their checking/challaning should be done only by female officers not below the rank of Dy SP.
The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry also appreciated the steps taken for ensuring the safety of school going children and in this regard assured the department of their support.
“The prior notice of such drives should be given so that the parents of school going children are informed beforehand to enable them to make alternative arrangements, if required,” the statement read.