Repying to a question raised by Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, the minster for Transport, Mr Qamar Ali Akhoon said that there are a number of departments which are responsible for traffic management including Traffic Police, Transport Department, Public Works Department(R&B),Municipal Corporations of Jammu etc.
The Minister said that the State Government has engaged M/S RITES Ltd for preparation of a comprehensive Mobility Plan for the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar taking into account all aspects of mobility including pedestrians, covering long term and short term measures to overcome traffic congestion and introduction of Metro Rail in the two capital cities.
He said that Electronic Traffic Signal Lights have recently been installed and made functional in many parts of the city including Canal Road and Janipur Road. He said that introduction of Electronic Traffic Signal Lights have eased jamming on many spots which were facing congestion.
The Minister said that land measuring 110 kanals at Khanpur, Nagrota has been notified to serve as a Bus Stand for Stage Carriages to mitigate traffic congestion at B.C road, Jammu. He further said that under Notification No 05-MVD/P of 2012 dated 27-01-2012, the land measuring 72 kanals located at Transport Nagar, Narwal Jammu has been notified and developed by JDA as a stand for stage Carriages to be known as Inter State Bus Terminal ,Transport Nagar, Narwal Jammu. He said that Traffic Police has purchased and installed delineators, traffic cones and road dividers on various roads in two cities to enforce lane driving and discipline among the motorists.
The Minister said that Motor Vehicles Department and Traffic Police have been launching awareness campaigns periodically to educate the public to inculcate the traffic sense, road discipline and avoiding un-authorized parking on the roads.
To decrease the pressure on the city roads, the Minister said that Traffic Police is now allowing the movement of load carriers/Trucks in the cities during day time in compliance of the directions of High Court of J&K, Supreme Court of India. He said that special anti-encroachment drives are being launched by Jammu Municipal Corporation and District Police to remove the illegal encroachments on road/footpaths. He said that Traffic Department provides full support to such drives. However, these drives have to be much more vigorous and more often because the desired results are still far away.
The Minister said that Traffic Police has resorted both permanent and temporary regulatory measures which include diversions and restrictions, depending upon the nature and volume of traffic, in order to manage traffic on the city roads. He said that passenger vehicles are already covered by comprehensive insurance policies which also cover the passengers boarding by the bus in terms of section 146 & 147 o Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
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