Traffic mess in Bhaderwah town:Civil administration initiates measures, police remain missing
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Traffic mess in Bhaderwah town:Civil administration initiates measures, police remain missing

The civil administration is struggling to tackle the huge traffic rush in this picturesque town even as absence of the traffic and police authorities on the scene has made the regulation task difficult in the peak tourist season and Eid festival.

The civil administration is struggling to tackle  the huge traffic rush in this picturesque town even as absence of the traffic and police authorities  on the scene has made the regulation task difficult in the peak tourist season and Eid festival. 

Following a report by Greater Kashmir regarding lack of coordination between civil administration and police in implementing traffic regulation order which resulted in complete mismanagement of traffic and chaos in Bhadarwah town during peak tourist season and Eid festival, the police seems to be unmoved but civil administration took some initiative and  to regulate the traffic giving some relief to Eid shoppers and tourists.

After the GK report on 23rd of June regarding traffic mismanagement, since last two days civil officials were seen managing the traffic.  They  layed  barbed wires at Lakshmi Narayan Chowk and Sadar Bazaar to stop the vehicles from entering main hub of the town Seri Bazaar which these days' remains flooded with Eid shoppers and tourists.

It is notable to mention here that despite traffic restrictions ordered by civil administration prohibiting commercial heavy vehicles entering the main hub Seri Bazaar and no parking zone from new bus stand to Pasri via Seri Bazaar, scores of vehicles were seen parked on both sides of the road from old hospital to Jamia Masjid and dozens of heavy commercial vehicles entering the main hub from Seri Bazaar, which leads to frequent traffic jams in these areas and it takes several hours to cover this stretch which otherwise takes less than twenty minutes.

Local commuters blamed police and traffic authorities for chaos and confusion as they took hardly any notice to implement the orders issued by the then SDM regarding traffic regulation. However today people especially Eid shoppers heaved a sigh of relief and expressed their gratitude to GK for raising the issue at a proper time thereby giving common people some relief.

"We are thankful to Media for raising this genuine issue resulting in moving the administration to ease the traffic chaos as Tehsildar himself is seen regulating the traffic since yesterday, "said a social worker Nasir K Shah.

"It's unfortunate to see that neither police nor CRPF is taking any pains to regulate traffic and are almost invisible despite peak tourists and festive season. Instead Tehsildar himself was laying the barbed wire and I along with my friends joined him to do the same," Shah added.

"GK hit bull's eye by raising issue at appropriate time as Bhadarwah is seeing unprecedented rush of both, tourists and Eid shoppers simultaneously. As the story managed to wake up the administration and implement the traffic regulation but it's unfortunate to see the lack of coordination between Police and civil administration," said a Senior Journalist Raja Rehber Jamal adding they should sort out the differences if any in the interest of general public and  Bhadarwah Valley.

When contacted Executive Magistrate Bhadarwah,Masood Ahmed said, "media reports about mismanagement of traffic are based on facts and for the sake of tourists and shoppers i came to Seri Bazaar early in the morning to monitor the situation. As there was no presence of police at that time, i personally started managing the traffic and also laid the barbed wire to restrict the entry of vehicles to Seri Bazaar. I have been doing this for last two days and i am hopeful both tourists and shoppers are witnessing some change and having some relief from traffic chaos."

"I also conducted market checking to ensure that there is no overcharging and quality products especially meat and vegetables are being provided to the customers. This process will continue for another couple of days and I will remain available at Seri Bazaar to manage the traffic and to monitor the market beside will listen to the grievances of people if any," Magistrate added.

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