Authorities launch drive against encroachments, illegal parking in Pampore

Authorities launch drive against encroachments, illegal parking in Pampore
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90 vehicles challaned

PAMPORE: A Joint team of officials launched a special anti-encroachment drive and crackdown against illegal parking vehicles in Pampore town area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
A joint team started the drive around 10.30 a.m. from Police Station Pampore to Drangbal Pampore and issued challans to 90 of vehicles including 25 tippers and 30 light motor vehicles parked illegally on the highway and hospital road.
During the drive, joint team also removed encroachment from footpaths at many places in the town.
A team of traffic police squad led by DySP Sheikh Mudasir Ahmad, SHO Pampore Madasir Naseer and Executive Officer Muncipal Committee Pampore Manzoor Ahmad carried the anti-encroachment drive in Pampore town.
The drive against roadside encroachments was intensified to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the roads in the town, DySP traffic Sheikh Mudasir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
“At several places in Pampore, vendors and auto load carriers had set up stalls to sell fruit, vegetables or readymade clothes, bakery, sweets and shoes creating obstacles in the movement of the traffic,” he added.
Locals have been complaining about the encroachments by shopkeepers in the main market Namblabal, Drangbal, Khrew Chowk and hospital road and Kadlabal Pampore.
DYSP traffic said that they have already warned vendors many times vendors and shopkeepers to stop occupying roads and footpaths.
Moreover, 90 vehicles were challaned by Traffic Police for violating traffic rules.
Executive Officer Municipal Commitee Pampore Manzoor Ahmad also appealed shopkeepers and street vendors not to occupy public spaces.
The general public and civil society members of Pampore welcomed the drive conducted by joint team of officials and appealed that such type of drives should be conducted in near future also.
Meanwhile, the illegal parking on the road leading to the sub district Hospital Pampore is causing great inconvenience to the ambulance services during an emergency, while the patients are left to suffer.
Locals of the Pampore told Kashmir Reader that everyday scores of emergency vehicles get stuck in traffic jams in Namblabal, Kadlabal and Drangbal Pampore while taking patients to the hospital.
The road leading to the hospital has a higher secondary, PHE department and a fire service station around it, he said. So the large number of people and vehicles come everyday due to which it causes nuisance.
Meanwhile, the illegal parking of vehicles outside the two J&K bank, Hospital road Kadlabal, Munsif court Pampore by shopkeepers, government officials, MEI school buses, lawyers and their clients is causing inconvenience to the people of the area. Residents told Kashmir Reader that private vehicles are parked at the main gate of Judicial Magistrate court Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, J&K bank branch Namblabal on hospital, college, grid station, PHE, police station Pampore road. They said that the parked vehicles not only block the movement of pedestrians but also of the vehicles plying on the highway.

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