Charar-e-sharief: The regular increase in the number of vehicles and the same old roads getting narrower with every passing day, traffic jam has become a regular problem for the people travelling from Chrar-e-Sharief to Srinagar. There are several spots where it has become a daily norm.
Despite several efforts by the traffic officials to curb the traffic jam, Charar-i-Sharief Srinagar road still face frequent traffic jams, particularly during morning and evening hours.
“Authorities don’t take a serious action against traffic violators and didn’t solve a problem which has been there since last many years,” Ghulam Mohammad, a daily passer said.
Locals blame police and administration for supporting ‘illegal encroachment’ of the road by the vendors and taxi drivers.
“Administration is very lenient while dealing with the traffic violators and reasons are unknown to the public,” he added.
Meanwhile, some commuters hold authorities responsible while some blame drivers for the traffic mess on the route and demand proper traffic management. They also demanded that violators should be dealt strictly.
Another daily passer said the government should rehabilitate vendors and more cops should be deployed to regulate traffic smoothly.
SHO Chadoora said that he has already taken the issue with higher-ups but till date there has been no action.
A group of commuters from Charar-e-Sharief said: “It takes us two hours to cover 27 kilometres to reach Lal Chowk which normally takes 45 minutes.”
Ambulance drivers also complained about the traffic mess on the road which can lead to any untoward accidents during emergency cases. “Illegal parking on roads and absence of footpaths always create problems for us to reach the hospital on time,” Sandeep, an ambulance driver said.
“In some emergency cases, traffic jam cost lives of some patients and we are helpless at the movement due to traffic jams,” he added.