SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to file a detailed progress report on the installation of Intelligent Traffic Signal Lights system in Srinagar city by March 1.
On January 3, the SMC had submitted a status report before court stating that a Delhi-based Intelligent Traffic Management company had been engaged for the installation of the Intelligent Traffic Signal Lights System in the city and the No Objection Certificates (NOCs) have been taken from the line departments to start installation work physically at Sanat Nagar and Tengpora junctions.
The report further said, “A Committee of experts has been constituted, headed by Anuj Malhotra, Traffic Advisor to government, for monitoring installation of Intelligent Traffic Signal Lights System in Srinagar City.”
Appearing for the SMC, advocate Momin Khan submitted before court that the work is in progress and that the latest status report about its completion would be filed on the next date.
Anuj Malhotra, who was also present in court, stated that work is in progress, however due to the inclement weather, it may take some more time.
After hearing the counsel and the Traffic Advisor, the division bench, comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Sanjeev Kumar, directed the SMC that the prescribed time limit be followed strictly and whatever shall be the further course of action should be mentioned in the status report to be filed on the next date.
Advocate Ateeb Kanth, who assists court, informed that at various junctions, slip roads also exist and these are not utilised properly.
To this suggestion, Anuj Malhotra submitted before court that he will examine it and respond on the next date.
Meanwhile, the SMC has stated in its status report that road parking stretches are in place at two places in Karan Nagar and at four places in Lal Chowk.
Forty-seven spots were previously cleared by the Traffic Advisor, of which the SSP Traffic has only approved the running of 33 spots. On the remaining 14 spots, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has already issued an instruction, asking the concerned authorities why these spots were left out once the Traffic Advisor cleared 47 spots.
The court directed the SMC to file its latest status report on the issue by the next date.
Additional Advocate General M A Beigh also informed court that necessary steps are being taken to remove all congestion from the Batamaloo-Qamarwari stretch. The court directed the state counsel to file its latest report on the next hearing.
Meanwhile, a compliance report has been filed before court on behalf of the Labour and Employment Department, along with a copy of SRO 472 notified on November 16th, 2017.The details of closed days for all kinds of shops and establishment in the areas specified therein, within the limits of Srinagar district, have been notified.
But the amicus curie submitted before court that some traders had filed a representation.
The court said, “Representations are open to be considered by the Labour and Employment Department, but until this SRO is modified or otherwise, it shall be implemented strictly and compliance report about its implementation shall be filed on the next date by the department.”