Baramulla,Dec 11: Failure of the authorities to check frequent traffic jams in Baramulla town here causes immense inconvenience to the commuters.
In absence of any traffic regulation, unending traffic congestion occurs daily on vital routes including the Tehsil road, main chowk and the Karyappa Park crossing.
Failure of the Traffic department to ensure smooth flow of traffic has evoked strong resentment among the commuters and locals.
"Frequent traffic jams have drastically affected our lives and business. The worst affected are the government employees and students,” said Bashir Ahmad, a government employee.
The locals said the problem gets compounded as Army convoy's heading for Kupwara and Uri sector often pass through the Baramulla town during peak hours.
“Traffic jams can prove detrimental for patients in case of any medical emergency. Ironically, the concerned authorities are acting as mute spectators,” the locals said.
They said wrong parking of vehicles on main roads also contributes to traffic jams. “There is not a single parking slot in the town. People have no option but to park their vehicles haphazardly,” said Ghulam Rasool a local.
Ironically, police only regulate traffic movement to facilitate VIP movement.
The traffic mess started after the Traffic department recently suspended the one way system on major routes here.
“We appeal the senior Traffic officials to take measures to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic,” the residents said.