Mayor Junaid Mattu, IGP traffic lock horns over ‘traffic mess’
Srinagar: Just days after taking over Mayor of the prestigious Srinagar Muincipal Corporation (SMC) Junaid Mattu took on Inspector General of Police, Basant Rath for not taking the traffic management in Srinagar city seriously.
The newly-elected mayor and the maverick cop on Friday engaged in a verbal spat over traffic management in the city.
Rath hit out at Mattu after the latter said that he had sought a review of traffic plans in the city in view of “traffic management issues”.
“Not your domain. Traffic diversion at Jehangir Chowk is a compulsion. The vendors have created a mess on Amira Kadal-HSHS-Maharaja Bazaz-LD Hospital stretch. SMC needs to clear the mess,” Rath wrote on Twitter while responding to Mattu.
Earlier, Mattu had said that he had received numerous complaints of traffic mismanagement issues in the city.
“Have received numerous complaints about traffic mismanagement issues in the city. I have spoken to the SP Traffic (Urban) and sought a review of current traffic diversions and plans. The SMC has been directed to help with decongestion of alternate routes for some relief,” Mattu wrote on Twitter.
On Thursday Mattu had said that Rath was “unwell” after the latter termed him as “cabbage” over his remarks on wetlands.