Tulip Garden To Reopen For Public Today

Workers arrange flower beds inside the majestic tulip garden in Srinagar, which is set to open for visitors on March 23. KO Photo

Traffic Dept Issues Advisory To Prevent Chaos, SSP Blames Lack Of Parking

Srinagar- As Tulip Garden in Srinagar is all set to reopen on Wednesday, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Traffic City, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah blamed lack of ample parking space for the traffic chaos along the Dalgate-Boulevard stretch during the much hyped festival.

The Government is scheduled to open Tulip Garden to the public on Wednesday. Every year Tulip fest creates chaos around the garden and chokes Boulevard road with traffic. The garden is likely to witness huge rush as it was out of bounds for over two years, owing to the outbreak of COVID-19.

In past, the department issued advisory for the people in order to ensure hassle-free movement of vehicles. However, despite it, thousands of people living on the two ends of the Boulevard road, especially Nishat to Dara, struggle to reach their destinations in traffic snarls and the commotion it creates.

Speaking to Kashmir Observer, SSP Traffic said that his department will ensure free movement of traffic and chalk-out a route-plan.

“But you need to understand that we have certain limitations—there is only one road, the parking is not sufficient. The visitors park their vehicles on the road, which results in traffic mess,” SSP Shah told Kashmir Observer adding that “So within these parameters, whatever we can do we will do it and ensure smooth flow of traffic,”

He further said that from Nehru Park, there is no parking slot for the tourists.

When asked whether the department has taken the issue with the administration. He said “I have already informed them. It is their mandate to develop the infrastructure,”

The top traffic cop said that to ensure hassle free public movement on boulevard stretche during that period, the department will issue a proper traffic advisory.

“But let me tell you, the rush will pick-up gradually. It’s not like everyone will come on the first day of opening the Tulip garden,” he added.

When asked whether there will be any route plan for the residents and the school going children, he said there will be inconvenience to the people but the traffic police will ensure that there are no jams.

"There will be no issues for students as they go to school in the morning and return by evening when there are no traffic jams" the SSP said

According to reports, more than 1.50 lakh to 2 lakh people visit the Tulip Garden every season. This year, the department is planning to keep the garden open till mid April in order to woo more tourists.

Meanwhile, the traffic Police city on Tuesday issued an advisory in view of the festival.

It said that the one way traffic will be implemented from 10: 00 AM till 06:00 PM

"Due to the expected rush of people; there are chances of congestion and for the convenience of people and to avoid congestion, One-Way traffic shall be regulated," the advisory reads.

It said that the people intending to visit Tulip Garden shall adopt Lal Chowk -Dalgate- Boulevard Road-Tulip Garden and on their return they shall adopt Nishat-Foreshore-Habak-Dargah-Khanyar route to reach respective destinations.

Likewise, motorists intending to travel from Harwan-Shalimar-Nishat and other adjacent areas towards Lal-chowk are requested to travel via Foreshore- Hazratbal route instead of Nishat-Boulevard road axis to reach their respective destinations.

The advisory further added that the motorists intending to travel from Gulabbagh-Zakoora-Naseembagh-Habak and adjacent areas shall adopt Habak - Dargah- Khanyar route to reach Lal Chowk instead of Foreshore

"Visitors are advised to park their vehicles at designated parking places only and avoid parking their vehicles on roadside. Wrongly, parked vehicles will be towed," the advisory cautions.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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