sRINAGAR: Despite the government taking various steps to streamline traffic in Srinagar city, frequent jams were witnessed at many places throughout the city for the last few days, causing people grave inconvenience.
Traffic jams were witnessed at all busy intersections like Qamarwari, Jehangeer Chowk, Batamaloo, Hawal, Rajouri, Dalgate, M A Road, Hari Singh High Street, Lal Ded, Rajbagh, Sheltang and many other places of the capital city.
Street vendors have illegally occupied footpaths to sell fruits and vegetables, crockery, readymade garments, footwear, electronic accessories, cosmetic material and snacks. People who have parked private vehicles on roadsides are creating problems for paedestrians in these areas.
Said Adil Bashir, a college student, “Due to traffic jam, it took me one-and-a-half hours to cover the 2.5-kilometre distance from Chanapora to Jahangir Chowk.”.
Commuters said that traffic jams have increased in various areas in the city. The authorities have also failed to prevent wrong parking on roadsides.
Farooq Ahmad, a resident of district Kupwara, said, “I have visited Srinagar city so many times for business purposes. Due to the traffic jams in many places, I faced a lot of difficulties when I was driving my vehicle from Sheltang to Lal Chowk. It also took me a lot of time to reach Lal Chowk.”
“The government should totally focus on building new roads and flyovers to ease the traffic mess. The congested and old roads are causing a lot of inconvenience and waste the precious time of people,” he said.
Tahir Gilani, the Senior Superintendent of Traffic Police of Srinagar city, said, “Due to construction of new flyover from Jahangir Chowk to Rambagh, traffic movement has been affected at Jahangir Chowk. The volume of traffic has also increased in the city due to the opening of the darbar move and the starting of the tourist season in the Kashmir valley. We are trying our level best to ensure that traffic moment in Srinagar city should work smoothly.”
“The street vendors occupying footpaths and people parking their vehicles along the roadsides are also another factor in the traffic jams. If people would cooperate with us and follow the traffic rules, the traffic moment in Srinagar city can run smoothly in all parts,” he said.