Srinagar: A massive traffic jam was witnessed from the Badamibagh cantonment area to Dalgate Crossing after police blocked the road connecting Sonwar with Zero Bridge for security reasons on Monday.
The road was blocked ahead of the Republic Day function being held at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium on January 26.
Eye witnesses said that hundreds of the vehicles were stranded on the road from the Pantha Chowk to Dalgate giving a very tough time to commuters and motorists alike.
One Sameer Ahmad said that the traffic jams increase in the city due to one or the other reasons. “Authorities issue no route plan in advance which only bothers commuters later,” he said and blamed insufficient number of traffic cops who are unable to regulate congested roads.
The problem further worsens due to presence of street vendors on vital roads including Regal Chowk, Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Dalgate, Hari Singh High Street and Iqbal Park.
Massive traffic jams were witnessed at MA Road, Residency Road, Jahangir Chowk, Dalgate, Sonwar, Rainawari, Pantha Chowk, Bemina, Batamaloo and other adjacent areas.
One of the travellers Rafiq Ahmad said that travelling on city roads has become a time and energy consuming experience.
He added that it took him half an hour to complete the distance of five kilometres which otherwise is just five to seven minutes drive normally.
At Rambagh, Hyderpora, Sanat Nagar and other adjacent roads, the traffic also moves at snail’s pace. “Traffic jams have become a routine affair. No efforts are being made to regulate vehicular movement,” said a commuter.
When contacted, authorities said that barricades have been erected at a few places as a security measure which will be removed after the culmination of Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday.
He added that the snow along the roadsides has led to slippery conditions which was also adding to jams.
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