Various routes in Srinagar on Saturday witnessed massive traffic jam causing immense hardships to commuters.
Traffic jam was witnessed at Sonwar around 11 am which lasted for around an hour. The absence of traffic cops from the route took a heavy toll on the commuters.
"There is not a single traffic cop to regulate the traffic. I have been stranded in this unending traffic jam from past 15 minutes," said Showkat Ahmad, a commuter.
Some of the commuters said that they couldn't reach their destinations on time. "I had to reach a private clinic where my appointment was fixed with a doctor at 11:30am. It is 11:45 now and I am still stuck in traffic jam here. The clinic closes at 12 pm, so I wouldn't be able to consult doctor," said Ghulam Muhammad, who was travelling from Pampore to Rainawari.
Similarly, some of the commuters said that they had to visit some private clinics to undergo medical tests.
"I have not eaten anything since morning to conduct sugar fasting test. The massive traffic jam here is troubling me physically and psychologically," said Abdul Hameed, an aged person.
Traffic jams were also witnessed at Jawahar Nagar. However, traffic cops there regulated traffic and later provided smooth passage to stranded vehicles. Vehicles were also stranded in traffic jam at Jahangir Chowk, Regal Chowk, TRC, Noorbagh, Qamarwari and Karan Nagar. These areas also witnessed re-opening of shops during the day.
According to commuters, one of the main reasons of returning of traffic jams on city routes was plying of public transport after 124 days.
The public transport plied on all major routes including Batwara to Batamaloo, Batamaloo to JVC Bemina. Other routes on which mini-busses plied include Noorbagh, Dalgate, Karan Nagar and Shaheed Gunj.
A mini-bus driver, Showkat Ahmad said that "it is not possible for us to ply during relaxation period. So today we decided to resume our service."
Chairman Western Bus Service Chairman, Haji Bashir Ahmad Matt said "we called on separatist leaders on Thursday and apprised them about their grievances and demands of transporters. They assured that in next protest calendar there would be sufficient relaxation for public transporters," he said.
Meanwhile, sumo also plied from Srinagar to Anantnag and Baramulla while they also plied on some interior routes of Srinagar including Soura and Shalimar