Non-functional traffic lights cause gridlocks in Srinagar

There seems to be no end to the prevailing traffic chaos in the city as traffic signals in the summer capital are non-functional.
Non-functional traffic lights cause gridlocks in Srinagar

There seems to be no end to the prevailing traffic chaos in the city as traffic signals in the summer capital are non-functional. 

As traffic lights are non-functional, the traffic cops manually regulate vehicular movement in the city centre triggering traffic jams. 

The situation is chaotic in city-centre areas including Regal Chowk, Dalgate, Jahangir Chowk, Batamaloo and Karan Nagar. The commuters are aghast over failure of authorities to operate the traffic-lights. 

"Traffic lights were installed in city at busy junctures to regulate traffic effectively. For past several months, these lights are not functioning," said Abid Ahmad, a commuter.

Commuters said that electronic traffic signals had helped to minimize the traffic chaos at various places. 

"These days, we are witnessing massive traffic jams, especially at junctures where traffic signals have been put on off mode. It results in chaos," said Tasaduq Ahmad, a commuter. 

The areas where traffic lights are installed include Regal Chowk, Dalgate, Jahangir Chowk, Batamaloo, Karan Nagar, Sanat Nagar, Hyderpora, Rambagh, Bemina crossing, Khanyar, Gojwara and other few places in city. 

"The rush of traffic increase manifold in evening. During day, there is also considerable rush of public and private transport. Traffic regulation could be made better by making the traffic lights functional" said Mushtaq Ahmad, a commuter at Jahangir Chowk. Commuters said that traffic signals are more effective than the manual traffic regulation at intersections. "Drivers mostly don't jump the light. They stop at a proper point till the signal turns green. But in absence of traffic lights, commuters don't adhere to signal of traffic cops and move ahead," said Altaf Ahmad, a commuter at Dalgate.

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