MAIN ROAD ENCROACHED AT KHANYAR

Residents demand removal of blockade

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Jan 20: Police have encroached one of the lanes of main road near the Khanyar police station in Shaher-e-Khaas here hampering smooth flow of traffic and causing immense inconvenience to commuters.
 While in other parts of the summer capital, policemen act tough against road encroachers, but in the Shaher-e-Khaas’s one of the busiest roads at Khanyar, the situation is different.
 Police use the encroached lane as parking for Khanyar police station which also serves as office of the SP North City. 
 Police have erected barricades and razor wires to keep the lane out of the bounds for general public. Police has also parked vehicles damaged in accidents and other incidents turning the encroached road into a junkyard.
 Due to encroachment of one lane, the other caters to heavy rush of two-way traffic which sometimes leads to massive traffic jams. The road also leads to Gousia Hospital and the locals said the traffic jams can be detrimental for patients who during exigencies have to be shifted to SKIMS or SMHS for specialized treatment.
 The locals mince no words to accuse the police of violating laws.
 “Here laws are made only for public while police in this case consider themselves as above law. Police have turned one of the busiest roads in the old city as a junkyard where they dump seized vehicles and use it for parking their private as well as official vehicles,” said a group of local residents.
 The aggrieved locals said that they have time and again urged the administration to remove the encroachments from the road.
 “But the officials acted as mute spectators and did not take any action,” they said.
 “It is a violation of rules. If a poor vendor encroaches on the public property or road, the administration takes action against them. But when it comes to police, administration is not able to apply the rules,” said a shopkeeper at Khanyar insisting not be named.
 Many tourism players expressed concern over encroachment of the road. “The road outside the Khanyar police station presents a look of worn torn place. We motivate tourists to visit Srinagar saying situation is normal. On seeing concertina wires and barricades, tourists are afraid to move to Shaher-e-Khaas,” said a travel agent.
 The residents have demanded removal of the blockade on the road.
 Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Dr G N Qasba said that he will visit the spot.
 Traffic department passed the buck on the Police and Roads and Buildings department. 
 “Traffic police has nothing to do with the encroachment. It is Police and R&B department who are the main parties. They have to settle the issue. If we can get the road we would more than happy,” SP Traffic City Haseeb- ur-Rehman said that
 When contacted an official of the Khanyar police station said the road can be restored for traffic anytime.
 “There were many incidents of stone-pelting and security concerns which compelled police to close one of the lanes. We don’t have any problem in vacating the road if our senior officials pass on the orders,” he said.
 Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar Syed Aashiq Hussain Bukhari said he will look into the matter. “I will visit the spot and ascertain facts,” the SSP told Greater Kashmir.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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