Authorities to disallow roadside parking

To streamline traffic in summer capital Srinagar, authorities are planning to intensify drive against wrong parking from today   

The move comes at a time when number of vehicles on city roads is going to increases manifold following opening of schools from March 11.

On average, as per officials, 30 wrongly parked vehicles are towed everyday in winter while the number goes up to 70 during summers.

“Wrong parking has become nuisance in the city. This is one of the major causes of traffic jams,” said an official of traffic department.

The J&K High Court had several times directed authorities to ensure hassle free journey on city roads. In April 2017, the Court observed that unauthorized bus stops and vendors impede traffic movement and directed state government to remove vendors from roads and allow passenger vehicles to stop at designated bus stops only “as a short-term measure to do away with traffic mess.”

The same month the Court directed the authorities to seize vehicle found parked on non-designated parking places at roads.

As the summer is approaching, authorities are aware about increase in rush of vehicles on city roads. Traffic police issued an advisory asking commuters that all wrongly parked vehicles will be seized.

“In compliance to the directions of the High Court regarding wrong parking of vehicles, all motorists are hereby informed not to park their vehicles on roadside and ensure that the vehicles are parked only at designated parking places,” said Al Tahir Geelani, senior superintendent of police traffic city Srinagar.

Mushtaq Ahmad, a commuter said there were number of reasons for frequent traffic jams in city. “However, the wrong parking on roads is one of the major reasons that can be ended with collective effort,” he said.