Civil Sectt Blues: No Parking for Common Visitors


Srinagar: If you happen to want to go to the Civil Secretariat Srinagar, make sure you don’t arrive there in a private vehicle or a motorcycle. Neither the security men will allow you to park your vehicle or bike inside the parking lot of the Civil Secretariat nor will they allow you to park it on the roadside outside the Secretariat.

Only the VVIP’s, VIP’s and the employees of the Secretariat are allowed to drive their vehicles into the parking lots located in Assembly Secretariat and Civil Secretariat. The common visitors usually park their vehicles and bikes on the roadside, resulting in traffic mess. “If the security men don’t allow us to drive our vehicles and bikes inside the Civil Secretariat then the government must create a parking slot for us outside the Secretariat. It is not safe to park a bike or a private vehicle outside the Civil Secretariat, either it is stolen or towed by the police,” a visitor Farooq Ahmed told CNS.

Javid Ahmed, a visitor parked his bike (JK01M/5305) outside the Civil Secretariat after security men at the gate did not allow him to park his bike inside the parking slot on Thursday. “There was no option available to we people but to park our bikes outside the Secretariat. When I came out, I was informed police have towed all the bikes parked on the roadside. It took me more than five hours to persuade In Charge Police Station to release my bike. I was made to wait for hours outside police station. It was only after one of my friends called up a top police officer that my bike was released,” he said adding that both police and civil administration should understand the problems that common visitors face. “The government should either allow the common visitors to park their bikes and vehicles inside the Secretariat’s parking slot or create a parking lot outside the Secretariat for them.

 “Hundreds of people visit the highest seat of power and cross numerous hurdles before arriving at the cornerstone of the offices,” said Nazir Ahmed, adding that parking issue has made matters worse.


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