Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to fix a meeting with stake holders for reducing traffic congestion in Srinagar City.
Noted that intra-departmental cooperation was essential to reduce traffic congestion, the court said that in order to explore possibilities of traffic decongestion, steps be taken and examined in view of its directions.
The direction came after Amicus, Ateeb Kanth informed that a committee constituted to check and manage traffic issues June 2017 has met only twice since, leaving the traffic issues as such.
He informed that in 2005, state authorities identified eight places for auto and taxi stands, but to this date only one stand is operational while the others operating in various areas of city were running illegally.
Roadside vendors are still operating and causing huge inconvenience for smooth flow of traffic, he said.
To this, Srinagar Municipal Corporation(SMC) counsel Mumin Khan told the court that roadside vendors removed from an area return the next day.
He submitted that SMC has 40-member squad to check on encroachments but that was “not enough to deal with all the areas of city”. “Without the support of police and district administration, we are unable to remove roadside encroachments.”
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal directed police to ensure the roadside encroachments are stopped and ensure to support to SMC in carrying out the drive.