SHOPIAN: Despite Deputy Commissioner’s from time to time imposing ban on movement of heavy vehicles during daytime in Shopian town, no agency is implementing it on the ground.
Illegal parking and occupation of footpaths by Shopkeepers and vendors rampant in the town are adding woes of commuters and pedestrians.
“Nobody listens to our problems, we brought the issue of entry of heavy vehicles and illegal parking in the notice of higher authorities but it goes unheard,” Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, a local resident of town said while adding that authorities must take against the Shopkeepers and vendors who have occupied the footpaths.
A group of senior citizens in Shopian town told Kashmir Reader that face huge problems due to the illegal parking of vehicles on main roads and encroachment of footpaths by vendors and shopkeepers.
“Where will a common man go. We are caught between wrongdoings of shopkeepers, vendors, and car owners. They occupy footpaths and roads.
They threatened to hit the road if their genuine demands are not met soon.
Mubashir Ahmad Bhat, an employee said that he parks vehicles some two kilometres out of the town because of heavy traffic jams every day.
“The number of vehicles plying on the road is not high but the official negligence has mismanaged the traffic in the town,” he said.
A group of students said they request the IGP Traffic to look into the matter since their repeated request to the local administration goes unheard.
A traffic cop who is deployed in town to regulate traffic said that they are facing the dearth of men to smoothly manage the traffic.
Deputy Superintendent of traffic Police Shopian/Pulwama, Mudasir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that they will soon start drives against the violators.
“Traffic department can’t solve the issue on its own, I will take up the issue with the municipal committee, assistant regional transport officer and other law enforcing agencies to solve the issue,” he said.
Adding that despite having fewer cops they work hard to manage traffic movement in the town.