Haphazard passenger vehicles hamper traffic flow

Failure of authorities to prevent plying of haphazard passenger vehicles, particularly Sumos and Taveras is hampering smooth flow of vehicular movement in the summer capital.
Haphazard passenger vehicles hamper traffic flow
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Failure of authorities to prevent plying of haphazard passenger vehicles, particularly Sumos and Taveras is hampering smooth flow of vehicular movement in the summer capital.  

In absence of regulation, most of the roads in Srinagar remain choked due to movement of these haphazard passenger vehicles. 

In past several years, illegal stands for such vehicles have also come up at many places in the city centre. 

The city's main commercial centre Lal Chowk houses more than five stands with most of them operating on roads. 

At Tourist Reception Centre (TRC), the taxi cabs ferrying passengers to and fro from Srinagar to Jammu and vice-versa also operate from main road. 

Similar stands have come up on roads at Rambagh, Jehangir Chowk, Raj Bagh, Natipora, and Dalgate besides Pantha Chowk Bye-pass.

"Haphazard passenger vehicles operate due to tacit support of the concerned authorities," alleged a group of commuters. 

Another commuter said these vehicles they have not only become a major trouble for traffic movement but also for pedestrians. 

"These Sumos and Taveras from other districts ply in Srinagar and cause frequent traffic jams,"said Tahir Peerzada, a commuter. 

For Budgam, Chadoora and Pulwama, cabs are seen lined up at LD Hospital, Jehagir Chowk and Iqbal Park.

The passenger vehicles bound for north Kashmir areas are parked at Batamaloo and Karan Nagar. 

However, authorities said that they cannot stop Sumos or Taveras to enter city limits which have permits to ply on routes.

"We can't stop these vehicles to enter the city though we have recommended to the Transport authorities to revise the route permits for such vehicles," Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic (City), Maqsood ul Zaman said.

The SSP said that whenever they find any such vehicle parked on road said they issue challans. "Last year we challaned around 42,000 Sumos and Taveras for different reasons and wrong parking was one among them," he said. 

The SSP said that in peak hours, they divert the flow of such vehicles to Bye-Pass in order to relieve the city roads.

"On an average around 35, 000 such vehicles enter city centre from different district of Kashmir," the SSP added.

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