Roadside Parking Menace:Vehicles Will Be Seized, Traffic Police Warns Motorists  

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SRINAGAR — Traffic police Thursday said vehicles parked on roadsides in the city will be seized under law.

“In compliance to the directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Jammu and Kashmir passed in PIL No. 458/2003 dated 19.04.2017, regarding the menace of wrong parking of vehicles, all motorists are hereby informed not to park their vehicles on the roadside and ensure that the vehicles are parked only at designated parking places,” said the police, in an advisory. 

“All those vehicles which are found to be parked in violation of the directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Jammu and Kashmir issued in PIL No. 458/2003 dated 19.04.2017 shall be seized under law and will be released by the Hon’ble Court only.” 

Last month, the administration had passed a slew of directions it said will “greatly help” decongest traffic in this summer capital city, after drawing flak  from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court over the issue.

The court had 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. 

On February 19, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan had 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, an official spokesman had quoted  Khan as saying.

In order to minimize traffic jams across city, the Divisional Commissioner had also 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.

 


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