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Huge traffic congestion at peak hours troubles commuters in Srinagar

Last Updated on November 13, 2021 at 3:59 pm

The problem of traffic congestion has increased rapidly in various parts of Srinagar causing difficulties for commuters. Everyday people complain about huge traffic jam at different parts of region.

Traffic jams during peak hours are witnessed on vital routes Lal, Chowk – bypass route, Natipora, junctions at Rajouri Kadal, Hyderpora, Wanabal Chowk and Sonwar route has become a norm.

Shabir Ahmad, a daily commuter at Wanabal route said that frequent traffic jams signify the failure of authorities to streamline the system.

With each passing year, the traffic situation is showing no signs of improvement.

A group of commuters at Chanapora junction said that traffic jams during peak hours have now become a routine and authorities seem unmoved and no steps are being taken to regulate the traffic. One of the important junctions at Sanat Nagar has also been closed and commuters have to take a longer distance to cross the intersection.

Commuters at Sonwar said that travelling on city roads has become more of a time-consuming experience as massive traffic gridlock keeps the road busy.

At Rambagh, Nowgam, and other adjacent roads, traffic also moves at a very slow pace. At some places, the problem is compounded due to the presence of street vendors on vital roads including Regal Chowk, Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Dalgate, and Hari Singh High Street.

No doubt, with the increase in the number of vehicles with every passing day, the government has initiated with widening of the existing roads in important sectors but nevertheless the trouble continues.

Additional Superintendent of Police City (Traffic) Tariq Ahmad Wani said that traffic moves slower at some of these congested roads for the past few days.

He further added that they have deployed a sufficient number of cops to regulate traffic during peak hours. He informed that there are no traffic jams as vehicles keep on moving but at a slow speed.