Srinagar: The J&K High court on Wednesday directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to have a meeting with all stakeholders within one week to chalk out issues pertaining to implementation and regulation of traffic rules.
The court also directed that the meeting must address all the issues of the citizens of Srinagar city and the outcome of the meeting should be tabled before court by April 11 without fail.
The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice MK Hanjura while hearing a PIL on streamlining the traffic congestion and allied issues, directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to call for a meeting with Inspector General of Police, Traffic, Commissioner SMC, Road Transport Officer Kashmir and Senior Superintendent of Police, traffic on or before April 11.
Meanwhile the court was informed that overloading in buses was being checked on daily basis and strict action taken against the violators. The court was informed that adherence of traffic rules is also being monitored.
The court directed the authorities to carry the drive in full swing and file updated report on next hearing. The court stressed that in case of any violations, vehicles be confiscated on spot and their registration suspended.
The court on previous hearing had described overloading in buses as serious as it endangered human life, besides causing difficulties to commuters.
The court had 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.
Kanth had also told the court that the outer wall of Parimpora bus stand has been occupied by street vendors and the condemned vehicles have been dumped at the bus stand.
It condemned buses were being used to sell cigarettes and other items ‘ he said.
The court had directed authorities to stop the “illegal businesses” and take out condemned vehicles from the stand.
The state counsel, M A Beigh Wednesday informed the court that notice have been served in the matter and in coming weeks, the stand will be cleared of all the illegal units.
The court was also informed that the vendors were occupying streets despite repeated warnings.
The court again directed IGP Kashmir to provide assistance to SMC for cleaning all the encroachment on road sides forthwith.
State counsel, M A Beigh told the court that signage at most places have been erected and more signages would be erected around silent zones.