Authorities framing policy to prevent traffic jams in Srinagar

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 26 2017 12:59AM | Updated Date: Sep 26 2017 12:59AM
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To check frequent traffic jams in the summer capital, authorities have started a process to improve urban transport services and infrastructure.

The process has been started with the engagement of Anuj Malhotra, as traffic advisor for Traffic planning and designing.  

The planning is being carried out under National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) 2014. Under NUTP, Government of India will release required funds to support the proposals of state governments.

The team led by Malhotra is presently working on the implementation of the policy aimed to make traffic movement smooth and safe.

To mention, authorities have been facing severe criticism for failing to take effective measures to regulate the traffic in the summer capital. They had also failed to take benefits of NUTP policy. NUTP policy was earlier framed in 2006 and revised in 2014. 

“The objective of the policy is to incorporate urban transportation as an important parameter at the urban planning stage rather than being a consequential requirement. It brings about a more equitable allocation of road space with people, rather than vehicles, as its main focus,” said a senior official,

He informed that the implementation of the policy will minimize traffic mess at first stage and provide  smooth and traffic-jam-free drives on later stages. 

“Other objectives of the policy include that public transport should be citywide, safe, seamless, user friendly, reliable and provide good ambience with well-behaved drivers and conductors,” he said.

The team led by Malhotra is busy in creating new programs on the urban transport and urban design for the betterment of the twin cities of state. 

“The team is working and also covers addressing concerns of road safety and trauma response, establishing institutional mechanisms for enhanced coordination in the planning and management of transport systems and establishing knowledge management system,” the officer said. 

He said the aim is to serve the needs of all urban transport professionals, such as planners, researchers, teachers, students and others.