Srinagar: Commuters are facing immense hardships in evening as traffic cops meant to regulate the traffic, disappear from the roads.
These days, the evening hours, after 4pm, are to be considered peak hours in Srinagar, as hundreds of commuters and private vehicles throng city markets, during the relaxation period as and when announced by the separatist leaders.
According to KNS correspondent, on Wednesday evening, massive traffic jams was witnessed on city roads, as hundreds of people thronged city markets after 4pm, as per the relaxation announced by the separatist group.
Hundreds of vehicles were stuck in gridlock traffic jam till late evening. The massive traffic jam was witnessed at Rambagh, Jawahar Nagar, Jahangir Chowk, Dalgate and its adjacent areas.
“It took me almost 2 hours to cross Budshah Bridge in my car. Not a single traffic cop was present to regulate the traffic. Authorities know that now-a-days people are thronging city markets in evening but they don't even bother to manage smooth flow of traffic during these peak hours,” Irshad Ahmad, a commuter told KNS.
Commuters complained that wrong parking in evening hours is worsening the situation. “Scores of private cars are parked at roadside. Footpaths are occupied by street vendors and roadside are occupied by wrong parked cars. There is no space for pedestrian to walk. They are forced to walk on the road which worsens the traffic jam,” said Omar Ahmad, a commuter at Regal Chowk.
Commuters told KNS that few traffic cops could be seen at some places in evening. “These cops sit at roadside and act as mute spectators to traffic jams and wrong parking,” said eye witnesses.
They urged authorities to press men and machinery in evening to ensure smooth passage to the traffic.
During the relaxation, shopkeepers, street vendors and other business establishments witnessed brisk business.
During the day, complete shutdown was observed in Srinagar on consecutive 108th day. Offices, shops, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport was off the roads.
Street vendors from Polo View to TRC witnessed brisk business while street vendors had also installed their stocks at pavements from Regal Chowk to Amira Kadal. (KNS)