Traffic mess: Police moves to keep zebra crossings open

Traffic mess: Police moves to keep zebra crossings open
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Junaid Manzoor

Srinagar: In its drive to streamline traffic in Srinagar, the traffic police were Friday seen directing vehicles to keep the zebra crossings clear for pedestrian movement at junctions.
“I was traveling towards Munawarabad when I was asked by the police officer at Sangarmal to back up and clear the zebra crossing. I was surprised as I haven’t faced such situation in Kashmir. I support this initiative,” a commuter said.
The traffic police were also seen regulating traffic at various spots around the city which are prone to traffic jams like Dal Gate, Rainawari, Hazratbal and Rajbagh.
Residents are largely supportive of the traffic police overdrive to decongest the city, though many complained of harsh measures like seizure of vehicles taken for minor violations.
“We should probably be thankful to the traffic department, as there has been a considerable fall in the frequent traffic jams that we witnessed around the city. I won’t say they have been 100 percent successful but comparatively they have done great in terms of managing the traffic flow,” an elderly person said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Traffic, Tahir Saleem told Kashmir Reader that they would be taking many measures to streamline traffic in the city.
“This is the start so that the things fall in line. Firstly we will be concerned about the road discipline, as not everyone has awareness. Next we will be focusing on the public transport as it was in a complete mess, and we will make sure that the drivers of minibus and three wheelers wear their uniforms. Reserved seats should be kept empty for women and elderly whether anyone is sitting there or not. Plus the identification of the bus stops is of vital importance as there would only be selected bus stops and bus would stop only there. Also in coming months the auto rickshaw will be metered and hopefully we will be able to change the system of the traffic here completely. We need the cooperation from the public too, I urge them to adhere to the traffic rules”.