Traffic gridlocks trap city commuters in evening hours

Traffic gridlocks trap city commuters in evening hours
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Residents says traffic cops absent during rush hours

SRINAGAR: Massive traffic gridlocks are being witnessed in city areas, including the downtown in evening hours from past several weeks, with commuters complaining that the absence of traffic policemen in evening hours has compounded the problem.
Massive gridlocks of traffic can be seen at several spots in the city in evening hours including Bemina, Batamaloo, Karan Nagar, Sakdaffar, Kaka Sarai, Eidgah, Khanyar, Baba Demb, Ali Jan Road, Sonwar, Qamarwai, Rainawari, Natipora and other parts. Most of the localities don’t have traffic cops in the evening rush hours, commuters said.
They said that few traffic personnel could be seen at some places in late hours including Budshah Bridge, Maisuma, Dalgate, Lal Chowk and Gupkar. In the evening hours with a huge rush of people heading home, they said, there must be deployment of traffic cops to streamline the traffic.
“People driving home do not wait for the traffic signals during late hours and beak the signal that lead to traffic gridlocks, there is no one to inspect them at the time,” Umar Mehraj, a commuter said.
He said that it took him more than an hour to drive from Khanyar to Sonawar – a drive of ten minutes.
Mohammad Ashraf, a senior citizen from old city, had similar complaints, and said that it seems drivers lack sense of driving. “Authorities should deploy the traffic cops especially in the evening hours so as to regulate smooth traffic,” he said.
SSP Traffic, Tahir Geelani told Kashmir Reader that traffic policemen remain deployed till 8pm. However, in several parts of old city, he said, traffic cops are not deployed in late hours “due to security reasons”.
Geelani said commuters make up multiple lines on the road which causes huge traffic jams during the evening rush. He said that people should drive in a queue and be sensible in obeying traffic rules.