‘Traffic congestion has reached peak in city’

Number of new vehicles hitting roads in summer capital here annually far exceeds average increase in road capacity, resulting in frequent traffic jams.
‘Traffic congestion has reached peak in city’
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Number of new vehicles hitting roads in summer capital here annually far exceeds average increase in road capacity, resulting in frequent traffic jams. 

The latest data reveals that Srinagar was witnessing seven percent increase in vehicular traffic annually compared to "marginal" increase in road infrastructure.

This mismatch in growth of transport and road infrastructure has resulted in "severe" traffic congestion and gridlock on many city roads, plaguing the city 

"It (traffic congestion) has reached tipping point, with region spending millions of man hours in traffic congestion each year," reads the report, adding non-implementation of comprehensive transport plan has only made things worse.  

Two comprehensive traffic and transportation plans have already been prepared for Srinagar city including Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) of 2012. But despite passing of years these plans have not been implemented.

As per CMP about 36 percent of urban road space is consumed by private vehicles which share about 30 percent of total motorized passenger trips. On the other hand, public transport using 40 percent of road space caters to 71 percent of total motorized passenger trips in main city areas.

However, in periphery, at outer cordon stations, public transport consumes only 13 percent of road space while sharing about 70 percent of motorized passenger trips.

Existing transport network has been characterized by inefficient pattern, inadequate widths, missing links, bottlenecks and flawed design of intersection curves.

As per CMP, 60 percent road length measures less than ten meter in right of way — the minimum width required under norms for two lanes.

"About ninety percent of the existing road network has undivided carriageway without roadside footpaths even though pedestrians constitute a major proportion of road users" the report says.

Taking the figures into account, the revised Srinagar Master Plan 2035 proposes to create streets for everyone, and reform the practice of designing streets solely for use by automobiles. 

The draft proposes to design and operate roads to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

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