Sogami talks tough for traffic streamlining
Says 56 bus bays, new parking lots to be operational soon
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, May 8: In a bid to streamline ever-increasing vehicular movement in summer capital, Minister of State for Home and MLA Amira Kadal, Nasir Sogami, Tuesday talked tough giving strict directions to the police and civil administration to utilize the available sources to enforce the norms.
He also directed the “Traffic Department, SMC and SDA to immediately operationalize 56 bus bays and 6 parking lots which have been identified at different spots”, an official handout said.
The Minister issued these directions at a high-level meeting, which among others was attended by the DGP, Kuldeep Khoda, Principal Secretary, H&UDD, Suresh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr Asgar Samoon, IG Kashmir, SM Sahai, IG Traffic, Muneer Ahmad Khan, DIG Traffic, Shafkat Watali, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Transport Commissioner, Mehraj Kakroo, Commissioner SMC and VC SDA, Dr GN Qasba, Chief Engineer R&B, Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmad, Chief Town Planner, Kashmir, Iftikhar Hakim, RTO Kashmir and Joint Commissioner, Works, SMC.
The Minister issued instructions to all the stakeholders to regulate City traffic and initiate strict action against defaulters.
“The mindset among people has to change. Gone are the days of roadside parking. We have identified nearly 56 spots for bus-bays at pressure junctions so that traffic is managed in a more effective way. In first phase, 35 bus-bays will be made functional by June this year.
“Additional shelter sheds in consonance with City ambience will be constructed. Once bus stops and bays are operationalized, their use will be maximized and any deviation or violation will be strictly dealt with,” the Minister said.
The R&B Department is constructing 15 out of the 56 identified bus- bays in the City. The rest will be constructed by SMC and 35 of these will be ready by June this year, the handout added.
He asked Commissioner, SMC and VC SDA, DR Qasba to coordinate with Traffic Department for smooth regulation of vehicular movement.
“I am sure the introduction of Traffic Signal System, additional parking lots and bus-bays will help in easing traffic congestion in the City,” the Minister added.
To accommodate the growing number of vehicles within the City, the Minister asked VC SDA to make parking lots fully functional. He issued instructions for prominent signage of parking slots, bus-bays and no parking zones in City for easy identification. The VC was asked to come up with action taken report within 10 days.
The Minister asked SMC to monitor big shopping malls so that these reserve their basements or ground floor for car parking.
The Minister said that adequate manpower has been provided to manage traffic in and out of the City.
He said the all footpaths should be cleared of encroachments so that pedestrians can walk freely
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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