SRINAGAR The administration Wednesday passed a slew of directions it said will greatly help decongest traffic in this summer capital city, a day after drawing flak from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court over the issue.
The court had yesterday asked administration to file a detailed compliance report regarding its directions on streamlining of traffic in Srinagar, and ordered personal appearance on March 19 of five top officers including Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Inspector General of Police Traffic Kashmir in case of their failure to do so.
An official spokesman said on Wednesday that Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan convened a meeting here to review traffic decongestion measures across the city.
A new mechanized car parking will greatly help decongest traffic in the summer capital city, the spokesman quoted Khan as saying.
The government has already approved Rs 10 crores under AMRUT scheme to Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) for the execution of the construction work. To start immediate construction work on the new Mechanized car parking in the city, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir directed SDA to submit the complete report of the identified location and other necessary measures to the Divisional Commissioner immediately for the necessary course of action, the spokesman said.
In order to minimize traffic jams across city, the Divisional Commissioner directed Commissioner SMC to start intense drive along with Police, traffic personnel to remove all road side vendors from Hari Singh High Street, Batmaloo and other places and shift them to designated Vendor Zones which were already developed for them.
Police, Traffic Police and Chief Enforcement Officer SMC were directed to keep 24X7 tight vigil on all city roads and ensure that no vendor can display their goods on roads or car parking sides. Violators will be dealt strictly as per prescribed law, the spokesman said.
Traffic department was asked to start intense and strict document checking of every type of vehicles and immediately seize those vehicles which lack requisite vehicle documents.
For seized vehicles, SDA was directed to provide RTC yard to traffic department immediately.
The meeting was further informed that the new twin Multi-Level parking projects in old State Motor Garages and Sheikh bagh at Lal Chowk are under construction at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crores and Rs 25 crores respectively through AMRUT scheme. Under the AMRUT scheme, Rs 5 crores had been approved for parking at Bus Terminal Panthachowk which is also under construction.
The Divisional Commissioner directed SDA to expedite the construction works on prestigious parking projects so that they will be completed in a stipulated time frame.
On the occasion, Khan said that these parking projects will help to decongest traffic in the city and ease the movement of commuters besides large chunk of population will get relief from regular traffic jams.
The Divisional Commissioner reiterated that government is working round the clock for smooth and hassle free traffic movement across the city for the benefit of city habitants and tourists.
The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar K.K. Sidha, RTO Kashmir, VC SDA, SSP Traffic, Commissioner SMC, Assistant Commissioner, Police officers and other concerned officials were present in the meeting.
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