Better management needed
Srinagar city has witnessed an increase with regard to length and breadth of roads in almost all major areas. Even parts of old city have witnessed demolition of houses and other structures paving way for widening of roads.
However, the issue of traffic jams has been concerning the people and tradesmen alike as crammed roads are being witnessed as a routine even when winter season has set in and most of the outdoor activity has witnessed a decline.
Traffic gets worse and becomes a nightmare for some people when the weather turns ugly in Kashmir and besides during morning and evening hours when the rush of office goers and movement of public transport is at its peak.
Though the entire Kashmir region does not have a scientific mechanism of dealing with traffic but the way the traffic cops are doing it deserves some applaud. We may at times feel bad about the traffic system here but the way we behave while we are on the wheels also determines how efficient our traffic system will be.
Most of the time our cab operators halt their vehicles on main roads and the auto rickshaw drivers also add to the mess by taking U-turns in the middle of the road and caring a fig for the safety of other drivers.
The case is no different with the public transport operators who stop at their will and even drop passengers at their door steps without realizing that parking vehicles in the middle of the road can lead to traffic jams that too unnecessarily.
Notably, Srinagar being the capital city the administration takes some pains to manage the huge rush of vehicles but some vital issues like car parking, ensuring halts on designated stops and removing hurdles put on the roads need attention from us as citizens because unless people do not cooperate and behave, the traffic mess will continue to haunt us.
However, what is more worrisome is that the traffic issue is becoming all the more complex in towns and other places where there is a huge footfall during the day time. In almost all towns of the Valley people complain that traffic rules and not being adhered to and it takes hours for commuters to pass through these towns during the daytime.
People in south Kashmir’s Shopian, Bijbehara, Anantnag, Kulgam, Qazigund, and other places have raised numerous complaints of traffic mismanagement. The situation is no different in north Kashmir where most of the towns like Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Handwara and elsewhere witness huge traffic jams during daytime with even authorities failing to respond to the peoples need.
The situation turns alarming when even ambulances do not get space to move ahead and many critically ill patients do not reach the hospital in time.
The huge traffic jams do not only waste people’s time and efforts but it also plays havoc with the economic activity as most of the traders fail to deliver or even receive their merchandise on time.
The traffic management across Kashmir valley particularly Srinagar city needs to be managed on scientific lines. Time is running out fast and the issue can turn more complex with the passage of time.