Jahangeer Ganaie

Kulgam commuters rue lack of parking space

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Kulgam: With no space available for parking in south Kashmir’s Kulgam town, the visitors are finding it very difficult to travel through the market.
According to locals, there is no space available for parking of private vehicles and visitors who visit the town on daily basis are facing inconvenience while finding space to park their vehicles.
In absence of parking space, we are forced to park our vehicles outside town and then have to go by foot to reach the market place in the town.
“As and when we park our vehicles in the town they are seized by authorities,” Rizwan, a commuter said.
“As Kulgam town witnesses heavy rush of visitors throughout the day, locals and visitors are facing many problems in parking their vehicles,” Mukhtar Ahmad, a local resident said.
“At several places, haphazard parking of vehicles hampers traffic movement. Some shopkeepers even park their vehicles in markets, this also leads to traffic jams and causes inconvenience to us,” he said.
“It is high time that the concerned authorities wake up from slumber and take steps to avoid traffic mess in the area.” he added.
He added that vendors and shopkeepers are occupying the pathways due to which pedestrians are forced to walk on the already narrow roads and it takes half an hour to cover just a few hundred meters and at times it become very difficult for patients to reach the hospital on time.
Mohammad Ashraf, another resident said that he parks his vehicle one kilometer away from the town as there is no parking space available in the market.
Due to unavailability of parking space, many people often park their vehicles on the road, due to which town often witnesses’ heavy traffic jams, he added.
A member of the traders association Kulgam said that they have already raised the issue several times with the concerned authorities but they are not taking it serious and the visitors continue to suffer here.
He said that whenever, they visit to the offices of higher ups regarding this issue, they are being assured that matter will be redressed very soon but these assurances prove hoax on ground.
The locals have once again requested the higher ups to look into the matter at an earliest.
An official of the district administration said that three kanals of land for parking space has been identified and very soon this issue will get redressed.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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