Frequent traffic jams on highway pester commuters

The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway continues to witness frequent traffic jams, owing to failure of authorities to regulate the vehicular movement.

Commuters say there is no end to traffic jams they face eachday on the highway in south Kashmir. The traffic jams, they claimed, mainlyhappen owing to convoy movement.

“The traffic jams have become a routine affair and each daywe lose many hours in these jams. The authorities seem to be clueless toaddress this growing problem,” said a commuter Zeeshan.

Another commuter Muhammad Momin, a student, complained thattraffic mess on the highway from Awantipora to Pantha Chowk has become a “nightmare” as everyday their school bus get stuck for long hours in the jams.

The commuters and drivers are often seen regulating trafficon the highway as traffic police remains missing.

The ambulance drivers also complained about the growingtraffic mess. “Often, while ferrying a serious patient to Srinagar hospital theambulances get trapped in traffic jam,” said Muhammed Ashraf, an ambulancedriver.

A group of taxi drivers said traffic policemen were notbeing deployed at “sensitive” places where traffic jams have become a regularfeature.

Commuters including students, employees and traders allegedthat the authorities were not taking appropriate steps to end menace of trafficjams.

 “The authoritiesshould clear obstructions on the highway particularly near Pantha Chowk,Galender and Lethpora to help traffic run smoothly,” they said.

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