SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday directed the Road Transport Office (RTO), Kashmir, to issue a circular within a week’s time with respect to issues of overloading and traffic violations. The court directed that awareness should be created through print and electronic media.
The court further stressed to state authorities that in case any violation takes place, the vehicle be confiscated on the spot and registration be suspended.
Meanwhile Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Traffic Tahir Islam, who was present before court, stated that a drive for checking overloading and other traffic violations is being done. He further stated that around a dozen vehicles have been fined for overloading.
The court directed him to carry out the drive on a daily basis and to file a compliance report by the next date of hearing.
The court observed that the matter of overloading is serious as it endangers human life. Besides, said the court, the difficulty of travelling in overloaded buses for passengers cannot be overlooked. The court passed orders after Advocate Ateeb Kanth informed it that mini buses plying in Srinagar city are overloaded and some passengers hang out of the buses on the back steps.
Taking note, the division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Mohammad Magrey directed RTO Srinagar and SSP Traffic to take a timely initiative to stop traffic violations.
“We all should be concerned towards developing our society in better way,” Justice Yaqoob said.
Meanwhile Advocate Kanth informed court that the outer wall of the Parimpora bus stand has been occupied by street vendors and condemned vehicles have been dumped at the said bus stand.
It was further informed to court that people have started selling cigarettes and other items in these condemned buses.
The court remarked to the state authorities that the Parimpora bus stand is not a dumping site for condemned vehicles and directed the authorities to stop illegal businesses from operating at the stand forthwith. The authorities were directed to remove all condemned vehicles from the bus stand.
The court was also informed that the vendors are occupying streets despite having been asked not to many times. In this regard, the court directed the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, to provide assistance to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation in clearing all roadside encroachments forthwith.
Additional Advocate General M A Beigh informed court that colour coding of vehicles has been almost done.
The court directed him to file the latest updated status report in this regard at the next hearing.
The court was also requested through a petition to disallow loud music as it is against traffic rules and regulations.
The court directed the authorities to take remedial measures and file a report before it within a week.
State counsel M A Beigh stated before court that signage has been erected at most places and said that more will be erected around silent zones in the coming weeks.
The court directed him to carry out the process.
On a previous hearing, the Pollution Control Board had filed a compliance report before court, stating that necessary advisories have been issued to the concerned officers about the maximum sound limits to be observed in all silent zones monitored by the Board. The matter has also been raised with the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, for taking remedial measures prohibiting the use of sound amplifiers and loud speakers and the honking of horns in these zones, a copy of which has been endorsed to all the concerned authorities.
The court on Thursday also directed the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to file his response at the next hearing as to what action has been taken on the basis of the report submitted to him by the PCB.