Commuters from various areas of the district remained stuck along with their vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar highway for hours together as the highway faced one of the worst traffic jams it has ever witnessed.
The locals alleged, "Unprecedented traffic jam has been caused due to mismanagement and lack of coordination amongst various government agencies. Since the Amarnath yatra started, the traffic situation has gone from bad to worse. The administration, especially police and traffic cops, has failed to regulate the traffic scenario."
They complained that students, patients and government officials routinely remain stuck on the highway owing to traffic jams, which have become a norm.
While talking to Greater Kashmir, a commuter of Mehar said, "I had to travel only 2 km to the district headquarter town, but it took me more than 4 hours to do so as my vehicle remained stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. I do not understand what the police and traffic cops are doing as the traffic is absolutely unregulated."
The locals also alleged, "On one hand, it is announced that only one-way traffic will ply on the highway, but in reality it is always two-way traffic." They demanded the authorities to take concrete steps and ensure smooth flow of traffic on the highway, especially in the district.