Expressing serious concern over the traffic mess in the City, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and MLA elect Amira Kadal Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari Wednesday asked the administration to address menace of frequent gridlocks and other traffic congestion.
In a statement, Bukhari said : “With no let up in traffic jams and huge hold up witnessed almost on all roads connecting the City center with rest of the Valley throughout the day particularly in peaks hours of the morning and evening is a matter of serious concern and should be addressed on priority.”
Pointing out a few areas of the City, Bukhari said: “Most of the times vehicles are seen stranded and giving a tough time to passengers and the general public from JehangirChowk to ParrayPora, Iqbal Park to JehangirChowk, SarieBala to WazirBagh, Ram Bagh to NatiPora, Ram Bagh to Solina, TRC to Amira Kadal via LalChowk, Amira Kadal to Batmaloo, Batmaloo to Qamarwari, Batmaloo to Bemina, Sonawar to PanthaChowk and Now Pora to Nowshehra via KhanyarChowk.”
The MLA elect said factors like growing population and increasing flow of vehicular traffic especially in Srinagar and Jammu have underlined the importance of effective monitoring and supervision for better traffic regulation and road safety in the State. He said that all the stakeholders including traffic department, private bus service providers, civil society and the media need to be taken on board in order to achieve the desired results.
Bukhari also asked Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to remove roadside encroachments and regulate street vendors for a hassle free traffic movement across the City. “Roadside parking of vehicles and congestion due to pavement and street vending especially in areas like Maharaja Bazar, Hari Singh High Street and Amira Kadal, Naaz Crossing and Goni Khan Chowk should be addressed on priority,” Bukhari stressed on the authorities of SMC.
The MLA Elect also invited the attention of road transport department for streamlining the mini bus service in the City which has been compounding the miseries of the general public. He emphasized on a need to take on board the private transporters in making the Srinagar a people-friendly City where mobility is possible for all.
Bukhari asked the administration to take stern action against the violators of traffic rules which can act as deterrent and contain frequency of accidents and other road mishaps.
He also asked the administration to install more traffic signal lights where ever needed across the City besides press into service traffic interceptor vehicles which can prove effective in checking offences and road mishaps.