'Ill-planned' TRC grade separator fails to ease traffic mess at busy junction

While the grade separator at busy TRC junction has been thrown open, experts have questioned government’s failure to make it a two-way approach, saying the ill-designed mini-flyover has defeated its purpose.

The one-way traffic movement on the mini flyover grade separator has left commuters puzzled arguing how a single way grade separator can resolve traffic mess at the junction which witnesses traffic movement from all the four sides.

The main limb of this grade separator runs from Sonawar towards Lal Chowk and is 405 metres long. It has another diversion, towards J&K Bank Limb (225 metres long) for commuters moving towards MA Road from Sonawar.

The comprehensive traffic mobility plan of Srinagar city has recommended another grade separator near golf course, opposite J&K Bank corporate headquarters.

“The construction of the grade separators will improve the existing traffic management in Srinagar city. The major objectives of constructing the grade separators are to decongestion traffic on the road junctions from Sonwar to Lal chowk; quick access to the city center from the outer city areas and improved long-term traffic management in the Srinagar city,” reads an official report that has been prepared by Economic Reconstruction Agency.

However, construction of single way grade separator has raised question marks over the planning.

Former Public works minister, Syed Altaf Bukhari said that single way grade separator won’t serve any purpose. Bukhari said when he was R&B minister the department had proposed two grade separators to decongest the traffic movement at this busy junction.

Later, he said, it was decided that grade separator will facilitate two-way traffic. “But I don’t know what happened later,” he said.

A senior engineer of JKERA wishing anonymity said authorities at had decided to go ahead with one grade separator. “But it was decided this mini flyover will facilitate two-way traffic, but now the grade separator has been designed in such a way that only one way vehicular movement is possible on it,” he said.