Deputy mayor takes bus rides

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Interacts with passengers to take cognizance of their issues

SRINAGAR: To take cognizance of the issues being faced by commuters while travelling, Deputy Mayor Srinagar, Shiekh Imran travelled using public transport from Dalgate to Batamaloo to interact with passengers on Saturday.
In a statement issued here, the deputy mayor first boarded a bus from Dalgate to Regal Chowk and then another bus from Regal Chowk to Amira Kadal and from Amira Kadal he boarded another bus to Batamaloo.
During his interaction with passengers, people demanded “improvisation in the quality of public transport fleet”.
The deputy mayor assured them of taking up the matter with the concerned department for upgradation of local buses.
The locals also urged the deputy mayor for removal of encroachments which is the “biggest hindrance” in reaching different destinations on time, said one of the passengers.
“Traffic jams waste our precious time due to which we face many problems at workplaces as well,” a bank employee said.
A student from Kashmir University alleged that because of the traffic congestion, mostly due to the encroachments in the city, they (students) miss their classes.
The deputy mayor said that every possible step would be taken within the jurisdiction of SMC to streamline street vendors and decongest city with the help of traffic management system.
“The people of Srinagar city have elected us as their representatives, and, as public servants, we shall do our best in contributing for betterment of the city and its citizen,” Imran asserted.
He further sought cooperation from general public with officials while conducting anti-encroachment drives in the city.
Directions have also been passed to intensify the anti-encroachment drives in this regard, the statement added.