Traffic Woes: HC Seeks Assistance Of Expert, Orders Audit  

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday sought assistance of an expert to address traffic related issues in Srinagar and others of the Kashmir Valley.

Hearing a public interest litigation, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe also asked to “explore possibility” of audit of traffic in Srinagar and place the same before it on next hearing on September 4.  

“Given the fact that a very important issue relating to traffic and circulation in Srinagar and other areas has been raised in the PIL, it would be appropriate for this court to have assistance of a traffic expert.” The respondents shall ascertain the availability of a local expert who would be able to shed light on the issues which are raised,” the court said. 

Advocate General DC Raina informed the court that erstwhile government official Anuj Malhotra is rendering services on the issue. On his submissions, the court directed that respondents shall ascertain the availability of Anuj Malhotra to assist the court.   

From time to time, the high court has passed slew of directions including removing vendors who occupy the streets as also improving the road conditions.   

 “Given the number of orders requiring the respondents to take action, we are of the view that before further steps are taken, a compilation of the effective directions which are passed as well as tabulation of the effective orders against the action taken reports, deserves to be prepared and placed before the bench by counsel appearing in the matter to ensure that all directions have been compiled with,” the court said and asked amicus curie Ateeb Kanth and H Aman Ali, government advocate, to jointly prepare the tabulation within a week’s time. 

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