Amid increase in frequent traffic jams from past several weeks in the summer capital, Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic City) on Sunday sought cooperation of commuters for traffic regulation.
In an exclusive interview with Greater Kashmir, Surgan Shukla admitted that volume of traffic has increased over the last few years.
"Consequently, the frequency of traffic movement and pressure at vital intersections have inflated to the extent that every passing day the mobility, in absence of the alternative approaches to the city centre, is affected badly," she added.
However, she was quick to add that traffic department has successfully regulated the traffic which otherwise remained worst affected in past years. "Today, the traffic movement is slow on few city roads. However, traffic jams don't occur. Wheels keep moving. Earlier, traffic jam was frequent on MA Road. Now it is not like that," she said.
She said that people can extend their cooperation in traffic regulation by parking their vehicles at designated parking slots.
"A wrongly parked vehicle which is toed has to be released from High Court. In the interest of public at large, one must park his vehicle at designated parking slots," she said.
She added that parking vehicle at non-parking zone is also risky for the owner of the car as any moving vehicle can hit it.
"Car pooling, responsibility of parents to discourage under-age driving and keeping footpaths and roads clean from any encroachment are contributions that public can help in smooth regulation of traffic," she said.
She said that around 1.50 lakh vehicles ply on city roads on daily basis. "Our cops are on roads for traffic regulation for thirteen hours. They regulate traffic for public. Unfortunately, sometimes, few commuters start making arguments with traffic cops and use unparliamentarily language. We have to understand that these cops are doing public work and they also deserve dignity," she said.
"These cops put in their best efforts during last few days so that people enjoy Eid shopping. We all must have respect for these cops as they work from 8 am to 9pm daily," she added.
She said that other agencies are also extending their cooperation in terms of infrastructure development. "Divisional administration is always there to support our initiatives and take our suggestions for better management of traffic. We are making collective effort for smooth traffic regulation," she said.
"We have 600 men for traffic regulation. It is multiple times lesser than the manpower required. However, the recruitments process of new cops is going on from time to time," she said.
She said that it is good to have festive look in the markets ahead of Eid. "We wish people to have a great Eid. We want them to have great Eid shopping. When festival is coming, there must be festive look in the markets, rush of people. However, the commuters must cooperate and understand that violation of traffic rules violate the rights of others commuters," she said.