Narrow roads, wrong parking leads to traffic jams

People suffer, authorities mute spectators

Greater Kashmir / Greater Kashmir
Publish Date: Dec 11 2012 12:00PM

Bandipora: Failure of the authorities to widen roads and check wrong parking leads to frequent traffic jams in the main market here causing immense hardships to the commuters.
 The ever-increasing number of vehicles coupled with limited road infrastructure and paucity of parking space has drastically affected the smooth vehicular movement.
 Notwithstanding claims of the authorities to streamline the traffic system in the town, not a single measure has been taken in this direction so far.
 “The authorities are acting as mute spectators to the growing traffic jams,” said Saeed Ahmed a local.
 The problem has taken an ugly turn in absence of proper parking system as well as dedicated stand for the passenger vehicles. “Road side stands for different vehicles have been setup by the administration in connivance with the Trader’s Federation to appease it. This cause unending traffic jams,” the locals said.
 In view of traffic jams, people prefer to walk from Nowpora to Bonbazaar. “We have to jostle through the hundreds of vehicles in the market to reach our respective destination. This poses risk of accidents,” they said. 
 At several places, haphazard parking of vehicles leads to bottlenecks. Some shopkeepers even park their vehicles at marketplaces. “Even commercial vehicles are parked along the roadsides, which results in traffic jams”
 ”Haphazard parking of vehicles has reduced the road to half subjecting pedestrians and motorists to great hardship. It is high time that the administration check the menace of illegal parking,” said Irfan, a shopper.
 Locals as well as shoppers sought intervention of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Hussain Samoon and Inspector General of Traffic Police to make on-the-spot assessment of the Bandipora market to streamline the traffic.
 When contacted Jamshed Chowdery Assistant Regional Transport Officer said a drive will be started against the traffic offenders.
 “As far as the multi stand system is concerned it is the decision of the Deputy Commissioner. However, most of the drivers don’t properly follow the orders, Chowdery said.

Reports compiled by
SUHAIL AJMAL