Flying Squad to streamline city traffic

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Traffic management plan to be reviewed on monthly basis: Kohli

Srinagar: The Transport Department today decided to constitute flying squad to ensure smooth traffic movement by removing bottlenecks from roads and footpaths in Srinagar city.

This was announced by Minister for Transport, Abdul Ghani Kohli while chairing a high level meeting convened Tuesday to workout strategy for effective traffic management in Srinagar. The meeting also reviewed the action taken report on the decisions taken in the previous meeting regarding better traffic management in the State in view of the pestering traffic jams and alarming increase in deaths due to road accidents.

The Minister directed that the flying squads would be tasked with the responsibility of identifying and removing encroachments and bottlenecks along roads and footpaths from the areas prone to traffic jams in Srinagar. He said the flying squads will comprise representatives of traffic police, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Development Authority. He said the squads would also identify places for creating additional parking lots in the summer capital.

Expressing concern over increasing traffic congestion in the cities and towns, the Minister issued direction to DCs and SSPs for reviewing traffic management plan in the concerned districts on monthly basis. He also asked them to take all stakeholders on board to achieve the desired results.

Referring to dilapidated condition of roads in some rural areas, the Minister directed the authorities to take up the matter with R&B authorities for black-topping of damaged stretches in these areas   besides   exploring the possibility of widening the roads at congested places to ease traffic pressure.

Stressing on joint efforts to curb traffic violations, Kohli said regular checking of valid documents including fitness of vehicles, route permits and adherence to traffic signals, speed limits etc. should be ensured properly.

Commissioner Secretary Transport, IGP Traffic, DIG Traffic, SSP Traffic besides officers of the concerned Departments attended the meeting.

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