Drastically Improve Srinagar City

Drastically Improve Srinagar City

One of the cardinal axioms of urban public policy is that a city is as good as its transportation system. This is primarily because the flow and direction of people and commute is determined by the design of a given public transportation system, among other things. Because this axiom holds, it is obvious that Srinagar city falls way behind. So one prudent starting point to rejig the city and render not only or merely aesthetically pleasing but also user friendly and functionally efficient and effective at a range of levels is to redesign its public transportation system. This is a better and an easier option than actually rejigging the extant infrastructure of the city (which, given obvious reasons, is an impossibility). The question is how? The first step would be to rationalize and streamline the transport routes and redesign these in such a way that Srinagar city becomes more efficient in terms of ease of commute and travel within and without. The second would be to declutter and decongest the city by making use of private transport rather superfluous within the city precincts. This can be done, along with allied measures, by building parking spaces on the outskirts of the city (or even underground) and incentivizing use of other forms of transport for commuting and traveling within the city. Third, these should and must be implementation of measures of traffic movement within the city that redounds to the welfare of the people. The measures delineated here are not exhaustive. There’s obviously more that can be done but the measures expressed here can constitute a useful beginning or starting point. Srinagar city is a cluttered and congested urban space that is all set to grow on account of demographic pressures and demographic change. This means that there will be added pressures of a more intense nature on our city which if not handled and anticipated now can lead to a burgeoning and cascading issues that will be difficult to manage later. Prudence then suggests to deal with these issues now. To repeat, one good starting point should be to drastically improve the city’s transportation system. As they say, a “stitch in time saves nine”. Before the issues of the city become unmanageable and before Srinagar bursts at its seams, it is in the nature of an imperative to find solutions that are sustainable, effective and efficient.