Srinagar to get new mechanised car parking

Srinagar to get new mechanised car parking

Div Com reviews traffic decongestion measures

The summer capital is all set to get a new mechanised car parking to decongest traffic, officials said. 

This was informed in a meeting which was convened by the  divisional commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan to review the traffic decongestion measures across the city.

The government has already approved Rs 10 crores under AMRUT scheme to Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) for the execution of the construction work. To start immediate construction work on the new mechanised car parking in the city, divisional commissioner directed SDA to submit  complete report of the identified location and other necessary measures for necessary course of action.

In order to minimize traffic jams across city, the divisional commissioner directed commissioner SMC to start intense drive along with police, traffic personnel to remove all road side vendors from Hari Singh High Street, Batamaloo and other places and shift them to designated Vendor Zones which were already developed for them.

Police, Traffic Police and chief enforcement officer SMC were directed to keep tight vigil on all city roads and ensure that no vendor can display their goods on roads or car parking sides. He said violators will be dealt strictly as per prescribed law.   

Traffic department was asked to start intense and strict document checking of every type of vehicles and immediately seize those vehicles which lack requisite documents. For seized vehicles, SDA was directed to provide RTC yard to traffic department immediately.

The meeting was further informed that the new twin multi-level parking projects in old State Motor Garages and Sheikh bagh at Lal Chowk are under construction at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crores and Rs  25 crores respectively through AMRUT scheme. Under the AMRUT scheme, Rs 5 crores had been approved for parking at Bus Terminal Pantha Chowk which is also under construction.

The divisional commissioner directed SDA to expedite the construction works on prestigious parking projects so that they will be completed in a stipulated time frame.  On the occasion, Khan said that these parking projects will help to decongest traffic in the city and ease the movement of commuters besides large chunk of population will get relief from regular traffic jams.

"Government is working round the clock for smooth and hassle free traffic movement across the city for the benefit of city habitants and tourists," he said.