With the number of vehicles increasing every day, the traffic management is becoming a daunting task for the authorities in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, especially in the main town.
Massive traffic jam on Khanabal– Janglat Mandi is a routine affair and taxes the patience of the people and the traffic authorities.
The sick and infirm become the worst sufferers, said a local resident. The vital routes leading to Child and Maternity hospital and the District hospital Anantnag often remain clogged with traffic," said a commuter. " I request everyone to follow traffic rules so that we can commute smoothly, " He added.
"Vendors and shopkeepers display their stuffs on the pavement, public walk on the streets, traffic police fails to implement traffic rules. If all of us obey rules, the problem can be solved to a large extent", he said.
"I had to get down from the ambulance while my wife was writhing in labour pain inside the vehicle. Some callous people had parked their vehicles in the middle of road. We remained stuck for half an hour from the Maternity hospital at Sher Bagh due to traffic congestion", said Muhammad Altaf, resident of Wanpoh.
A senior official said that a plan has been devised for the town. "We have devised a plan for the smooth movement of traffic. We are taking advice from the citizens of Anantnag also. We are creating vending zones for vendors and parking spaces in order to avoid these traffic jams".