Encroachment of roads along the markets of highway towns of this district has become chronic cause of traffic jams.
The trend has brought traffic movement to a choking crawl and the obstruction-free movement across the highway has become a dream.
The problem is worst in Ramban, Banihal and Batote Banihal and Batote towns where the authorities are allegedly reluctant to take action against the offenders.
Locals alleged that shopkeepers have occupied the foot paths fearlessly to display their merchandise giving a tough time to motorists and pedestrians.
In Batote town the road from Dak Bunlow to Bhadrawah Morh, in Banihal from Gund Adalkote to Army Transit camp and in District Headquarter town Ramban from Cafeteria Morh to Khowbagh crossing T-Morh to main market have been turned into stockyard market.
Even general Bus Stands have not been spared from encroachment which gives a very ugly view of the towns.
“Not only Municipal Committees, but police are also accountable for keeping the road free from encroachments, but on ground no agency is visible” said a pedestrian of Banihal Mohammad Arif.
The residents of these towns complained that all the foot paths along major thorough fair have been grabbed by the shopkeepers causing immense sufferings to pedestrians and crippling traffic conjunctions in the towns.