TIPPERS UNLEASH DAYTIME TERROR,POLICE SLEEPS
SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI
Srinagar, Dec 11: In violation of the High Court orders, tippers zoom past the Airport Road in broad daylight while police seems to be sleeping over the issue.
With this being the state-of-policing on the VIP road frequented by dignitaries including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the plight elsewhere can only be imagined.
Greater Kashmir team during a random sampling in the south City found that tipper zooms past the Airport Road stretch between Hyderpora and Humhama almost every five minutes.
Similar is the scene on the Tengpora–Rambagh bund track where tippers, as per the complainants, are seen enjoying a carefree access. A similar movement of tippers was seen on the Tengpora-Barzulla bund, which for now allows movement to the load carriers even tough a barricade had been raised there to prevent movement of the heavy vehicles.
Shortage of men-in blue at the Tengpora crossing is being seen as a major cause of tipper movement on the Bund. Pertinently the Traffic police is running short of the staff in the City while the government, as per observers, has failed to augment it.
As about the Airport Road stretch ahead of Hyderpora, its link with Rawalpora via the Canal Road seems to be providing the safe passage to the load carriers. This area falls under the Rural Wing of the Traffic police.
A tipper driver pleading anonymity alleged that they have to grease the palms of cops on duty in the area to travel during daytime. And the violation is so brazen that one can see tippers plying even on wrong side near Humhama.
“Basically our clients want delivery of construction material during daytime so they don’t mind paying Rs 50 or Rs 100 more for the trip,” a driver confided.
Moreover, with government agencies including Traffic Police and RTO failing to keep a check on the movement of tippers without number plates, this too is a routine on this posh road and risks the life of people. And if anyone is hit, the tipper driver can obviously flee without being identified.
Pertinently, the HC has banned the movement of load carriers expect for those carrying essential supplies into the City during daytime. The heavy vehicles, as per the Court orders, can move but only between 8:30 PM and 7:AM.
When contacted the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Traffic, Vijay Kumar said the matter would be seriously looked into.
“It don’t think this must be happenings. But if its true strict action will be taken against the guilty who so ever they are,” the DIG told Greater Kashmir.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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