The unusual practice of traffic police to switch off traffic lights during peak hours caused massive traffic jams in various area here today.
The commuters said frequent switching off traffic lights at vital intersections take a heavy toll on the commuters as the traffic regulation goes from bad to worse due to this practice.
"On Monday evening, I was stuck in traffic jam at SRTC Bridge for thirty minutes. It was because authorities had switched off traffic lights at Banquet Hall crossing" said a commuter.
He added that it was better to enhance the time slot for the route as per its vehicular flow dysfunctional. In absence of regulation, traffic jams have increased on various areas in the city from past several weeks. Authorities have also failed to prevent wrong parking on roadsides.
Gridlocks have become a norm with every commuters struggling for every inch. Students, who are appearing in various examinations these days, are also the victim of delays caused by these jams.
"Frequent traffic jams on city roads signifies failure of authorities to streamline traffic system. Besides, commuters are also to be blamed as they don't follow traffic rules," said Dilshad Ahmad of Dalgate.
Senior superintendent of police traffic Srinagar city Al Tahir Geelani said there was huge traffic flow in Srinagar on Monday,
"The people who had gone back to their respective districts on Saturday, returned back today to join their duties in Srinagar. It increased traffic rush on city roads resulting in jam," he added.
He said traffic lights were closed as their calibration could not meet the traffic flow load. So, it was regulated manually."