Badamwari Residents Fume As Traffic Gridlocks Become Daily Affair

Srinagar- The residents of Badamwari in the old city are up in arms against what they call “indifference” of the authorities towards the traffic mess in the locality.

The garden located at the foothills of Hari Parbat Fort, is seeing attendance of thousands of locals and tourists who throng the garden to witness Almond Flower Bloom.

Nisar Ahmad, an Auto Rickshaw Driver had a tough time waiting for tourists outside the garden.

“The road outside Badamwari is very narrow and full of potholes and the traffic isn’t being managed either” he said.

Residents living in the vicinity of Badamwari say there is more to this locality than Badamwari.

The locality also hosts The Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences which witnesses rush of patients on a daily basis.

Misbah Farooq, who lives adjacent to the park says it has been two weeks that the locality is witnessing heavy traffic jams.

“We had to ferry a patient to the JLNM Hospital but couldn’t because of the traffic jams” Misbah said.

“When we couldn’t reach the Hospital, we took advice from the Doctor on a Phone Call”.

The locals say the Authorities are not deploying cops in the vicinity which is leading to Traffic gridlocks.

SSP Traffic Srinagar Muzaffar Ahmad Shah said that people from across Kashmir and other parts of the country are thronging Tulip Garden and Badamwari in large numbers which results in traffic jams.

“No more covid restrictions, arrival of Ramazan and narrow roads are the main reasons behind the Traffic jams” he said.

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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