Chaos, traffic jams outside Srinagar hospitals as vendors block entrances

Chaos, traffic jams outside Srinagar hospitals as vendors block entrances
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Hospital managements shift blame on civic body

Kaiser Majeed/Junaid Manzoor

Srinagar: Street vendors and auto rickshaws have blocked the entrances of Srinagar’s tertiary hospitals, causing immense trouble to patients and attendants.
On Wednesday, Kashmir Reader visited the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, Chest Disease (CD) Hospital, GB Pant Hospital, Bone and Joint Hospital and Lal Ded Hospital. Except for Lal Ded Hospital and GB Pant, all the hospital entrances were blocked by illegal vendors selling fruits, vegetables and used clothes.
At SMHS Hospital, street vendors were selling fast food near the main entrance while the institution’s authorities remained silent about the menace. Apart from this, auto rickshaws were parked right in front of the entrance, making it difficult for visitors to enter the building.
SMHS Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Saleem Tak told Kashmir Reader that they have asked the Srinagar Municipal Corporation last week to act against the illegal vendors blocking the entrance.
“I will contact the concerned station house officer to clear the entrance,” he said after reporters informed him about the entrance blockade.
The police swung into action later, removing the vendors from the spot and making the passage smooth for visitors as well as ambulances.
Outside CD Hospital, Dalgate, the narrow entrance was completely encroached on by vendors, setting off traffic jams in the area. The narrow passage made it difficult for ambulances and vehicles to enter hospital.
CD Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Nazir Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that the inconvenience is caused mainly because of the taxi and auto stand outside the hospital. He said that he has asked the authorities to clear the area of the vendors.
“Nothing can be done without police intervention. There has to be traffic police personnel who regulate traffic throughout the day and help in keeping the main entrance clear,” said Dr Nazir, adding, “We will take up the issue with SSP Traffic because it is becoming more problematic with each passing day as the inflow of patients is increasing mainly due to the winters.”