Jahangeer Ganaie

Frequent traffic jam irk commuters in Tral town

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Pulwama: The frequent traffic jams in Tral town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has irked the commuters who complained that the traffic department has left the town in complete mess.

The commuters said the town witnesses massive traffic jams for hours together during morning and evening hours.

“The reason behind the mess is due to lack of parking space, mismanagement of traffic, absence of footpaths and non-compliance of traffic rules by the people,” a local said.

Besides the callous approach of the traffic department, the lawlessness among the people has added to the traffic mess in the town.

“People themselves are also responsible as they often park their vehicles on roadsides which cause long and frequent traffic jams,” said Mohammad Siraj, a local resident.

“At several places, haphazard parking of vehicles hampers traffic movement. Some shopkeepers even park their vehicles on narrow roads. This leads to traffic jams and causes inconvenience to us,” he said.

The locals urged the traffic department to “wake up from slumber” and take strict actions against the people for illegal parking of their vehicles.

“The traffic jams have become the order of the day in the town and this is mainly due to parking of vehicles along the road side and absence of footpaths,” said Manzoor Ahmad, another local.

He said that vendors and shopkeepers have occupied the main roads 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.

“It takes an hour to cover just a few meters on Tral -Satoora road on a daily basis in morning and evening as due to wrong parking and narrow roads, two vehicles can’t pass,” said a local teacher.

A group of employees said the persistent traffic jams have put their jobs at stake as they fail to reach their respective offices on time.

“Government has failed in widening of some of the roads in the main town which would have helped in clearing this mess,” they said.

Locals said the issue was brought into the notice of concerned higher ups several times, however, nothing changed on ground till date.

They urged the higher ups to look into the matter and take immediate steps in this regard so that people won’t suffer anymore.

Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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