Mohammad Imran Naikoo
Srinagar: Commuters travelling from Qamarwari to Dargah are ruing that the transporters are taking them for ride.
The commuters, mostly students of the Kashmir University, said that the buses on the route move at snail’s pace and resort to heavy overloading.
“The bus drivers openly violate the traffic rules and continue with their habit of overloading. The traffic cops act as mute spectators to overloading. Passengers hang on the buses or sit on the rooftops, because of which women face more difficulties. We appeal to the SSP traffic to look into the matter,” said Saika , a student at Kashmir University law department.
Commuters remarked that the route seems to have no impact of the drive undertaken by traffic police under IPG Basant Rath.
Falak Ara, a student of NIT said that buses don’t run till they are overcrowded.
“If all the seats in the buses are booked and the passengers ask driver to move, he straightaway declines. We want the attention of the concerned department to solve the problem,” Falak said.
Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident of Qamarwari said he travels to Hazratbal everyday but never finds any seen traffic policeman checking these overloaded buses.
Irshad Ahmad Geelani, a KU student said that the issue of overloading on the route has been highlighted in the past, and officials assured action, which never came.
“The drivers continue to accommodate passengers more than their carrying capacity and take the traffic rules for a toss,” Irshad said.
SSP Traffic Srinagar Tahir Hussain said that the traffic police was working on the issues and carrying out drives against violations.