Srinagar: The J&K High court on Tuesday directed SSP Traffic to depute special traffic squads on all routes to check overloading by mini buses.
The court observed that matter was serious as it endangers human life, besides the difficulty in travelling in overloading bus for passengers cannot be overlooked.
The court passed orders after Advocate Ateeb Kanth informed the court that the mini buses plying in the Srinagar city are overloaded and some passengers hang on the back stairs.
Taking a note, the division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed SSP traffic to depute traffic squads on every road and file a report on next hearing.
Justice Yaqoob said, “It is serious concern and authorities must take strict action against the defaulters. The follow up action should be reported to this court without any fail on next hearing.”
Meanwhile, about the court’s earlier orders directing Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to seek representation from students, traders and transporters about shifting of bus stand from Batmaloo to Parimpora, Additional Advocate General (AAG) M A Beigh told the court a meeting has been held, but students, representatives of trade, transporters and bus operators have not filed any representation.
He however added a comprehensive plan has been prepared, and will file it during the course of week.
The court directed him to file the report with a copy in advance to petitioner counsels and amicus curie.
The court also directed AAG to file list of registered vehicles within two weeks to introduce colour coding for the vehicles.
Advocate Beigh told the court that a detailed status report has been prepared, and the colour coding has been suggested to make it easy to identify the vehicle route and violation.
“Assistant Regional Transport officer, Srinagar has asked the concerned Presidents of Sumo, Taxi Operators to furnish a list of registered vehicles, once that is received, direction will be implemented in its letter and spirit,” AAG said.
The Pollution Control Board filed a compliance report before court stating therein that the exceeding limits observed in all silent zones monitored by the Board, necessary advisories have been issued to the concerned officers. The matter has also been taken up with the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir for taking remedial measures like prohibition on use of sound amplifiers, loud speakers, honking of horns in these zones, copy whereof has been endorsed to all the concerned authorities.
The court directed Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to file his response as to what action has been taken on the basis of the report submitted to him by the Pollution Control Board on next hearing.
Amicus Curie informed court that the stretch of road from old Batmaloo Bus Stand up to Sadder Court Moominabad is at some spots encroached upon by the workshop owners that is while transacting their business they are extending operation as a result whereof they create traffic congestion.
The court considered the suggestion of Amicus and directed authorities that a plan be introduced to fence the road.
In the meanwhile court asked state counsel to ensure that these workshop owners will not in any manner expand their area of operation on the road so as to cause any type of traffic congestion on the said stretch.