Frequent traffic jams on highway pester commuters

The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway continues to witness frequent traffic jams, owing to failure of authorities to regulate the vehicular movement.

Commuters say there is no end to traffic jams they face each day on the highway in south Kashmir. The traffic jams, they claimed, mainly happen owing to convoy movement.

“The traffic jams have become a routine affair and each day we lose many hours in these jams. The authorities seem to be clueless to address this growing problem,” said a commuter Zeeshan.

Another commuter Muhammad Momin, a student, complained that traffic mess on the highway from Awantipora to Pantha Chowk has become a “night mare” as everyday their school bus get stuck for long hours in the jams.

The commuters and drivers are often seen regulating traffic on the highway as traffic police remains missing.

The ambulance drivers also complained about the growing traffic mess. “Often, while ferrying a serious patient to Srinagar hospital the ambulances get trapped in traffic jam,” said Muhammed Ashraf, an ambulance driver.

A group of taxi drivers said traffic policemen were not being deployed at “sensitive” places where traffic jams have become a regular feature.

Commuters including students, employees and traders alleged that the authorities were not taking appropriate steps to end menace of traffic jams.

 “The authorities should clear obstructions on the highway particularly near Pantha Chowk, Galender and Lethpora to help traffic run smoothly,” they said.