THROUGH the column of this reputable paper, I want to bring to your attention the repercussions of traffic menace in Srinagar city. Through a commoner’s view, the traffic system in the city seems haphazard, as if lacking any arrangement or organisation. Yesterday itself, almost every route in the city was blocked and jammed due to excessive traffic and no surveillance and lack of management. Recently, traffic lights have been installed across the city but it is unfortunate how no one seems to adhere to them. It is even more tragic how no authority or members of the traffic police department are seen to be authorising and making sure traffic rules are followed.
Traffic jams result in wastage of time, and wastage of fuel especially when fuel prices are rocketing every other day, making it harder for common people to afford it.
When all routes in Srinagar were jammed yesterday, almost no escort from the traffic police department was seen to be diverting the traffic to clear the jam. As a matter of fact, at most of the places it was the local boys who did the job. It is as if the traffic police department does not exist at all. People were stuck in the traffic jams for hours altogether, but no stern action was taken by the department which only portrays their incompetence in tackling such situations.
Adherence of traffic rules should be made sure by hook or by crook. The department must realise their responsibility and find ways to fill the loopholes. I hope you analyse the situation and act upon it.
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