Commuters suffer due to election rallies

Srinagar: The commuters travelling on Srinagar-Baramulla highway said they are facing tough time due to ongoing rallies and road shows being organized by the nominate candidates of pro-India political parties.

Several commuters, who regularly travel on Srinagar-Baramulla Highway, told GNS that due to election rallies, the vital highway witnesses’ traffic jam for hours since past few days amidst dearth of public vehicles.

“I regularly travel to Baramulla from Srinagar. From last two days, the Highway regularly witnesses traffic jam due to election rallies by candidates. It consumes our precious time and leads to inconvenience,” Mushtaq Ahmad, who is an Old City resident, and works in Baramulla Court, told GNS.

He said not only traffic jam, dearth of vehicles also lead to great inconvenience.

According to GNS, hundreds of buses plying on north Kashmir routes have been hired by political parties for election rallies which have added to the inconvenience of people.

Abid Shafi, a student, said that due to dearth of buses, he often misses bus to Baramulla since a week in the morning.

The commuters said the vehicles which are part of political parties’ cavalcades violate traffic norms. “Wherever they wish, they stop their vehicles without thinking about others. This leads to traffic jam and chaos and consumes hours,” they said.

Expressing anguish over the disturbance, the commuters which include government employees, students and teachers, said the Traffic Police should ensure that no ordinary man suffer due to these rallies. “The traffic police are meant to manage traffic especially on vital highways,” they said.

When contacted, a top traffic official told GNS that the department has no role during in managing traffic during road shows and rallies. “Basically, it is District Administration which grants permission to them but we aren’t informed by the administration in this regard,” he said. The senior official said though people inconvenience but ‘it is the matter of few days’. (GNS)

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