SRINAGAR: Following end of a spell of curfew and strikes, various roads of the City on Monday witnessed chaos due to long traffic jams. Traffic chaos from Bypass to Zainakot and HMT Crossing particularly left commuters fuming for hours.
According to reports there was traffic jam of four hours at HMT Crossing. Hundreds of vehicles got stranded while employees especially the students could not make it to their respective offices and colleges. I left home at 8 in the morning and it is 12 afternoon and still I am in the middle of the traffic jam, a University Professor told CNS adding that most of the students de-boarded their vehicles and returned back to their home.
Long traffic jams were witnessed at vital roads including Maulana Azad Road, Jehangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street and Dalgate, however, the problem was more chaotic at Zainakot and HMT Crossing.
Due to defunct traffic signal at MMT Crossing and non-availabilty of Traffic cops on roads, this crossing witness frequent traffic jams which leaves commuters fuming all the time, a group of stranded commuters said.
The commuters appealed Traffic department to deploy its men at intersections to take action against the traffic offenders. Usually passengers buses and three-wheelers jump the signal hampering smooth flow of traffic at intersections while inaction against them encourages them day by day, a commuter Irshad Ahmed said.
When contacted Superintendent of Police City Traffic, Haseeb-u- Rehman told CNS that the department has posted dozens of cops at HMT crossing and at other intersections. Of course there is shortage of manpower but we are trying our best to utilize our limited sources to maintain the flow of the traffic smoothly, he said adding that there are 65 important points but due to shortage of manpower we are able to look only 45 points.
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