Srinagar: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir today underscored the need of devising a comprehensive plan, mechanism and a long term strategy to end frequent traffic gridlocks in Kashmir, particularly in the Srinagar city.
Developing better road infrastructure, construction of flyovers, and removal of encroachments should be taken up on priority in order to streamline the traffic in the City and highways, Prof. Mehraj ud Din said while addressing a traffic management awareness programme Good Citizenship: Adherence To Traffic Rules organised by the varsitys Directorate of Students Welfare (DSW) in collaboration with Regional Transport Office (RTO), Kashmir, at Nowgam-I academic block of the university.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Mr. Maqsood Ul Zaman, RTO, Kashmir, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Rather, District Mobile Magistrate, Mr. Abdul Bari, DSW, Director, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, Deans of different Schools, Head and Coordinators of departments, and students were also present on the occasion.
Referring to the inconveniences and hardships caused to the commuters due to those violating traffic rules and regulations, Prof. Mehraj ud Din said, the traffic violations should be dealt strictly and the frequent offenders should be punished harshly. Stringent laws should be enforced to curb the traffic violations, he said.
Prof. Mehraj ud Din further underscored the need of improving the public transport system and advocated the system of carpooling.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Mr. Maqsood Ul Zaman, while addressing the gathering, asked the people to help the traffic department in streamlining the traffic. In the management of traffic in Srinagar city, we all have a collective role to play to discourage road fatalities and congestion. The people owning cars and other vehicles and two wheelers, should drive responsibly, avoid parking on roadsides, avoid red light signal jumps, follow lane driving, commute shorter distances by foot and non-motorised means, he said.
Mr. Maqsood Ul Zaman, said that the department was dealing strictly with those violating traffic rules. The department has filed more than two lakh challans and has asked the RTO to cancel the licences of about 300 drivers of vehicles and riders of two wheelers, who were indulged in frequent violations of traffic rules, Mr. Maqsood Ul Zaman said, adding that those having any grievances and complaints can file the same with the department and can even use social networking sites to highlight their problems.
RTO, Kashmir, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Rather, while speaking on the occasion, said that the Jammu and Kashmir has highest rate of pedestrian deaths as people are not used to walk on designated footpaths. He said the department has initiated strict action against the erring drivers who have been found continuously violating the traffic rules. Mr. Farooq Ahmad Rather said the 407 vehicles would be phased out from city roads very soon and a proposal for the same has been submitted to the government.
District Mobile Magistrate, Mr. Abdul Bari, while addressing the gathering said the need of the hour was to sensitise the people about their duties vis-à-vis traffic management. There are drivers who dont mind being challaned and continue to violate the traffic rules at will. These have to be sensitised about the importance of traffic rules and the benefits of following the same, he added.
DSW, Director, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, while introducing the theme of the programme said the citizens can play a pivotal role in streamlining the traffic by strictly following the traffic rules and regulations. He also asked the parents to inculcate a sense of responsibility among their wards.
The inaugural session was followed by a panel discussion.
Assistant Professor, Department of Tourism Studies, Mr. Ashaq Hussain Najar, conducted the programme proceedings while as Coordinator Innovations DSW and Assistant Professor, Department of Convergent Journalism, Dr. John K Babu, proposed the vote of thanks.
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