Srinagar: Traffic police has issued an advisory to meet the heavy rush of traffic today in the Kashmir valley, where separatists have given 48-hour relaxation for the first time after 133 day consecutive day strike.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) , spearheading the agitation since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag, have already extended the strike till November 24. However, the separatists had given two day relaxation in the strike tomorrow and Sunday and urged people to resume normal activities.
During the strike period traffic police personnel were hardly seen regulating traffic because of very less vehicles though they remained present in their areas.
However, to meet the heavy rush of traffic, Superintendent of Police (SP) Traffic Srinagar has issued an advisory to regulate the traffic and avoid any traffic jams in the city.
He said vehicles coming from outskirts, including Chanapora, Natipora, Hyderpora and other areas of central Kashmir district of Badgam will have to take Rambagh, Alochi Bagh and Batmaloo to reach the civil lines. Buses and other heavy passenger vehicles will also take bypass and Batmaloo or Pantha chowk and Batwara route to reach the civil lines.
He warned that wrong parking would not be tolerated. Any vehicle parked at non parking area would be fined.
The SP said those who are visiting civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, will have to park their vehicles at identified parking areas. We have identified some area where people can also park their vehicles on the roadside but it should be within the white line, he said adding any violation will be punished.
Since life remained crippled for the past more than four months during which pollution checking centres also remained closed, the SP said we will give some more time for pollution checking. We know people could not get their vehicles checked as pollution checking centres were also closed, we will not challan any vehicle for some more days, he said.
Similarly traffic police will give more time to people who could not insured their vehicles because of the unrest, he said adding but anybody found not wearing crash helmet or driving without licenses or violation any other traffic rule will be challaned.
Large number of vehicles, particularly buses and other passenger transport vehicles, are expected to hit the streets tomorrow for the first time since July 9. However, some private vehicles, particularly two wheelers, and three wheelers were plying in the valley.