Opposition National Conference members in the Legislative Assembly Tuesday staged walkout from the House after the government refused to hold discussion on the issue of traffic mess in the twin cities of Srinagar and Jammu.
Cornering government over its failure to decongest the cities in JK, the senior NC legislators, Ali Muhammad Sagar, Mubarak Gul and Devender Singh Rana during question hour raised the issue of traffic congestion in Jammu and Srinagar cities.
Earlier BJP MLA, Rajesh Gupta had asked the government about the steps taken to overcome the problem of traffic congestion in old cities of Srinagar and Jammu.
Storming the well of the house to press for their demand of holding discussion in the house on the issue, NC legislators urged government inform the House about 'plan of action' devised by the government to solve the traffic mess in the twin capital cities.
Replying to the demands raised by the NC legislators, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh assured protesting legislators that the government would take their suggestions on this issue.
However, Singh's reply could not satisfy the protesting MLA.
NC provincial president and MLA Nagrota Devender Rana questioned as to why government isn't ready for a discussion in the house 'which is the most supreme'.
Intervening, on the issue, Speaker Kavinder Gupta assured the opposition members that a discussion on the issue will be held during the demand for grants of the Housing and Urban Development department which are coming up for discussion during the present week only.
Miffed over the non-acceptance of their discussion demand by the government, the NC MLA's staged a walkout from the assembly as a mark of protest.
On the steps taken for decongestion of traffic in Srinagar city the Deputy CM stated that Srinagar Municipal Corporation is managing 10 parking facilities, most of which have been outsourced and besides this, ERA is also constructing multi-level parking at Old KMD Adda.
He said the government has also approved construction of two multi-level parking projects at Sheikh Bagh and at old state motor garages at Lal Chowk the work on which will start soon.
Blaming the cars parked along the roads as the main reason behind the traffic chaos in the two cities, the government claimed that they are working towards creating parking spaces so that hassle free movement of cars can be provided in the two cities.