Shopian: The heavy rush of apple box laden load carriers and trucks has led to the severe traffic Jam in the Shopian and authorities have failed to regulate the traffic in the town.
Hundreds of apple laden vehicles destined to Arhama Mandi situated on outskirts of Shopian town is the main cause of traffic jam in the town.
A resident of Arhama Shakeel Ahmed said that even the drivers park their vehicles arbitrarily and don’t even leave space for emergency vehicles,
“District administration, Transporters, fruit traders and Mandi regulation authorities are responsible for the traffic mess,” he said.
However Mandi traders blamed government for the traffic mess saying that they have nowhere to go because the authorities despite commitments failed to complete construction of new Mandi in Shirmal.
“Government then promised us that they will raise flood protection bund on rivulet side within a year but five years have passed since then and no bund was raised,” Ghulam Muhammad, a trader in Arhama Mandi said adding that actually the new Mandi area is very close to the rivulet.
Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that there were no funds for construction of bund but despite that work on it will be started very soon.
Suhail Ahmad a resident told Kashmir Reader that “I want to inform everybody who wants to visit Shopian, ‘don’t take Shopian- Srinagar road’. It will lead your nowhere: will put you in traffic jam which does not end till midnight.”
The moment of heavy vehicles not only creates heavy traffic jam in Mandi area but also in main market of Shopian. “Whenever a heavy vehicle enters into town, it leads to traffic jams which didn’t end for hours since most of the roads in main market are narrow and occupied by illegal parking vehicles and vendors,” Aijaz Ahmad a shopkeeper based in main market said. He added that no authority regulates traffic in Shopian.
Mubarak Gull, another resident said that people in Shopian have been put on the mercy of greedy and law violators who don’t care about law. “See, authorities in Mandi have declared day time for trucks and morning and evening time for small load carriers but you will never see this thing happen there.
Residents demanded proper timing and regulation for the fruit carrying vehicles to the Mandi which won’t affect plying of normal traffic in the town.
Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Owais Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that a meeting was held on the issue and men will be pressed to regulate traffic and Mandi affairs.
“They will be deputed there from coming Monday as we are giving them training,” he said and added that there was some road issue on new Mandi area which has been cleared now. “We will shift all trucks to new Mandi premises and by this the problem will be solved to a large extent,” he said.
On entry of heavy vehicles in main town, he said no heavy vehicle will be allowed to enter the town in day time. “We have ordered for the implementation of advisory, from 10 am to 5pm in evening, no heavy vehicle will be allowed to enter there after,” he said.