Regulate Srinagar Traffic: HC Tells Govt

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir High Court (HC) has directed the government to install sign boards for pedestrian crossing and suggest measures for effective traffic control in the city.

A single bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir also directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of traffic police to appear in person before the Court to explain and suggest the measures for effectively controlling inconvenience due to traffic congestion, overloading and use of mobile phone by drivers while driving in Srinagar City. 

The court gave the directions on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by amicus curiae Jawad Reshi and advocate Manzoor Ahmed, seeking streamlining of traffic mess in the city. 

The PIL said directions by high traffic officers to control traffic mess were not visible on ground level. The Court asked the government to install sign boards for the pedestrian crossing at various junctions at the earliest so that they can feel secure while crossing the roads. 

The court further directed the authorities to read just the timers of traffic lights installed at some places in the city to accommodate pedestrian crossing. 

The directions were passed after the amicus curiae submitted that pedestrians were not given free passage at any location when the traffic lights to control traffic were installed. 

The Court asked the amicus curiae and Additional Advocate General Javid Kawoosa to file response within one week to the proposal submitted by the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) to rehabilitate the existing workshop owners who are operating from the main road. Agencies

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