Sopore Says Goodbye To Tongas

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Ban on movement of Tonga’s a move to decongest town, prevent pollution: ADC Sopore

Sopore: The administration in Sopore town in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has banned the movement of horse carts (Tongas) within the municipal limits of the town from Thursday saying the move is aimed at “de-congesting the area.”

Interestingly, several grievances were submitted to Lieutenant Governor’s office by the locals stating that the town mostly remains under a traffic jam and pedestrians remain under the threat of getting hit.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Sopore, Pervaiz Sajad Ganai said that the order for the ban on plying of Tonga’s has been issued to decongest the town and an alternate route map was given to Tonga owners, according to news agency KNO.

He said that Tonga has been plying within municipal limits and that it was leading to frequent traffic snarls. “These Tongas were not only the reasons for traffic jams but the horse buns lead to dirt and people’s movement never remained risk-free,” he said.

The ADC said that apart from the Tonga ban, “we have also shifted vendors to other places to ensure there is no traffic jam.”

“We have given Tonga’s alternate routes but not the same where it often leads to traffic jams forcing people to suffer,” he said.

Sopore, a major trading hub in North Kashmir was famous for its Tongas. While horse carts have ceased to exist elsewhere in the valley they remained a major mode of transport in the apple town.

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