Traffic jams on Wanabal-Rangreth road pester commuters
Wanabal-Rangreth road on Sunday witnessed massive traffic jams in absence of regulation of vehicular movement by traffic police.
The traffic mess was compounded by construction of drainage system at Wanabal. The aggrieved commuters said the traffic jam was caused as not a single traffic policeman was posted at the drainage construction site to ensure one-way movement of vehicles.
"Due to ongoing construction of drainage system, vehicles from one side at a time can move on the narrow road stretch. Ironically, not a single traffic cop has been posted at the problematic spot causing traffic jams. We are stranded in traffic jams here for past over an hour," said Iqbal Ahmad, a commuter.
Pertinently, the road is vital as it leads to Industrial Estate Rangreth, Airforce station and serves as a link road to Srinagar Airport via Gogoland, Humhama and Wanabal. In absence of even minor repairs, most of the road stretch from Wanabal to Rangreth is dotted with potholes.
"This poses risk of accidents. Many vehicles have been damaged to dilapidated road stretch. The concerned department should expedite drainage construction and subsequently undertake repairs of the road. Even the road stretches, where the drainage has been constructed, have not been leveled. We appeal the Minister for Roads and Buildings to look into the matter," a group of commuters said.
SSP Traffic (Srinagar) Sargun Shukla said "I had visited the spot today to assess the situation." "However, we have to understand that traffic jam is bound to happen on the stretch due to drainage construction. Our personnel were present there to man the traffic. But we cannot ensure free flow of traffic when such hurdles like drainage construction are on main road," the SSP said.