SRINAGAR: Traffic mismanagement continues to hassle people in Srinagar as in the absence of traffic police, locals volunteer in the evenings to get off the gridlocks. People in Srinagar are up in arms against the authorities for failing to get rid of traffic jams in most parts of the summer capital. The locals said in most of the places and important intersections, traffic police were not present to manage the gridlock, which stretches the congestion for hours together.
“At most places, traffic jams could be avoided if there are police to manage it, but at times people themselves come out of their vehicles to do this. In the last one year, the traffic situation has worsened further,” said Nadeem Sheikh, a city resident. The places where most of the traffic jam is witnessed include Jehangir Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Residency Road, Regal Chowk, TRC, Polo View and zero Bridge Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Mehjoor Bridge, Batamaloo and Qamarwari.
Though parking of vehicles is prohibited on roadsides, especially at busy Residency Road, in the absence of regulation, commuters continue to follow rules and park their vehicles on the roadside adding to the problem. “The random parking of vehicles also hampers the traffic movement. Some people park their vehicles in the busy markets creating difficulty for the common man. The authorities must act tough against them,” said Samir Ahmar, a local.