The Traffic Regulation

About 50 years back or so the population of Srinagar was less than 2 lakhs and now it is almost 15 lakhs. Those days there were less than a hundred cars in Srinagar and now we have more than 2 lakh vehicles. Kashmir itself has over 7 lakh vehicles.

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 18 2018 10:48PM | Updated Date: Nov 18 2018 10:48PM
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There is no doubt that the traffic has been in a mess for quite some time. There are multiple reasons for the mess. It is not only one organization’s baby. It is a multi-departmental problem. Traffic basically has two components. One is its regulation while the other is traffic engineering concerned with roads and other regulatory assets to ensure a smooth flow. Regulation of traffic movement is primarily the role of traffic police. The policing of the people to ensure continuous movement without jams are not such a difficult proposition. With strict enforcement of traffic rules, including on spot fines, towing of wrongly parked vehicles etc. this can be achieved. However, the most important part is the proper traffic engineering which includes sufficient and well maintained roads, parking places, traffic lights and so on. The provision of these facilities through various departments and agencies and upkeep of these facilities are the responsibility of many departments and organizations. There is absolutely no co-ordination between the agencies giving out registration of new vehicles and the departments providing roads for the movement of these vehicles. About 50 years back or so the population of Srinagar was less than 2 lakhs and now it is almost 15 lakhs. Those days there were less than a hundred cars in Srinagar and now we have more than 2 lakh vehicles. Kashmir itself has over 7 lakh vehicles. Those days there were no three wheelers. Now we have all kinds of vehicles of all shapes and sizes. The road expansion and other facilities have not kept pace with increase in traffic. Moreover, the worst culprits are the departments and organisations responsible for various civic services. They not only refuse to enforce the basic criteria of urban development and planning but on the contrary themselves create intractable problems. The agencies which should have been concerned with land use, zoning of urban areas, planning and expansion of roads, and enforcement of various rules and bye laws of town planning are on a spree of constructing shopping lines, complexes, malls, and other such huge and mega structures. The plea given is earning of revenue for the state or the respective organisations. The state as well as the concerned organisations could very well do without these revenues which never reach their coffers in full! It would have been better had they performed their primary duty. Let the government set up a high powered committee to go into all aspects of the traffic mess and come out with a proper plan to make it smooth and regular.

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