Govt blames development works for traffic jams

‘Lack Of Proper Road Infra-Structure, Encroachment Of Roads Also Cause Of Traffic Mess’

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 23 2018 12:58AM | Updated Date: Feb 23 2018 12:58AM
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After its failure to regulate the traffic movement in cities and towns, the transport department has blamed the ongoing developmental works for traffic mess on roads.

Transport minister Sunil Sharma in a written reply to a question about the increasing traffic jams in cities has said that the ongoing developmental and construction works have added to the traffic mess.

“Ongoing development and construction works besides narrow and limited road network in rural areas are also reason for traffic snarls,” the minister in his reply said.

The government has also attributed the increase in traffic jams to the “un-proportionate growth between road infrastructure and vehicular traffic in cities.”

It may be recalled that the J&K government last year appointed a traffic advisor to streamline the traffic movement, particularly in cities.

Despite making several experiments, the traffic chaos has increased for past months giving a tough time to commuters travelling from other districts to city.

“All the departments forming traffic management structure have to play their respective role effectively. The traffic police is likewise responsible for discharge of its commitment in the regulation of traffic on the roads of the city as well rural areas,” the government reply reads, adding that in spite of all odds, traffic police personnel regulate the traffic system with zeal and zest.

The minister in his reply has also blamed encroachments on public utility space and footpaths for traffic jams.

“Lack of pedestrian crossings, foot over-bridges and proper footpaths are also the factors responsible for increasing traffic jams,” the reply reads.

The government in its reply has also admitted that there were no sufficient parking slots available for parking of cars.

“Presence of godowns, warehouse and banquet halls with least parking space in the city centres and busy areas are the major factors which increase traffic jam on roads,” the government reply states, adding that menace of stray cattle also adds to traffic jams.

“In order to ensure smooth regulation of traffic and to overcome problem of traffic jamming effective enforcement of traffic laws is in place,” the minister in his reply said, adding that effective action was taken against wrong parking as well.

“Special attention is given towards jam-prone areas.” 

The minister however said the comprehensive traffic policy, better infrastructure and traffic management shale ease out the stress of vehicular pollution on the human health and environment.

“Introducing metro and water transport can be part of traffic policy, along with the regulation of registering of new vehicles on limited available road infrastructure,” the minister said.

He said RTOs and all ARTOs have been directed not to register old vehicles beyond 2010 purchased from outside the state.

“However, the reregistration of non-commercial vehicles has been allowed with the condition that these vehicles shall not in any case be used as commercial vehicles,” he said.

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