Lal Chowk Traders to protest against traffic police


Srinagar:  The traders of the City Center areas, including Lal Chowk & Residency Road have decided to go on a token 2-hour strike on Tuesday against what they describe as highhandedness of traffic police.

The traders bodies of the area including those of Hari Singh High Street, Lal Chowk,Regal Chowk ,Lambert Lane, Residency Road, the Bund and Polo view called an emergency meeting of the members wherein it was resolved that the SSP Traffic has been resorting to dictatorial policies only to defend his failure in traffic regulation.

“At a time when the traffic flow to City Center has been minimal given the traffic diversions, he is trying things which don’t function at the end. Sometime back he said the 28 new parking lots would be designated for parking on the main roads in the City where the SMC subsequently rejected the proposal,” the traders said.

They said having failed he was making shopkeepers scapegoats by putting up posters which have been “crudely written,” said Farhan Kitab, publicity head of the Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation (KTMF). 

“Traders have been shown as habitual offenders. This is not correct. We will raise our voice in highest quarters,” he said.

The traders said strike would be observed from 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Wednesday.

When contacted, SSP traffic, Maqsood-ul-Zaman said that smooth regulation of vehicular movement is the main motive of the department but at the same time we don’t want vested interest elements to take commuters for granted. “People are the best judge. Nobody is above law and nobody will be allowed to obstruct traffic and pedestrian movement for personal benefits,” he said.



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