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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Traffic cops get pro-active to decongest Srinagar

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Srinagar, April 26, 2013
First Published: 17:27 IST(26/4/2013) | Last Updated: 18:39 IST(26/4/2013)

Ahead of annual shift of Darbar from Jammu to Srinagar, authorities in Kashmir valley have come out with an elaborate plan to regulate traffic movement in Srinagar.

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A government spokesperson said that the plan was formulated to decongest the City centre and to help in smooth regulation of Traffic in and around the capital.
 
The traffic officials have vowed of strict action against anyone involved in roadside parking and violating one-way traffic norm on Residency Road.

“Some drivers are found picking and dropping the passengers on the main road especially on bridges and corners thereby creating inconvenience in free flow of traffic. Any vehicle violating these norms shall be seized,” said the official directing the drivers to board and de-board the passengers at the designated bus bays.

The plan includes complete travel ban on “stray Sumos” found operating at different location in the city particularly at Lal Chowk, Dalgate, Batamaloo, Karanagar, Iqbal Park etc.
 
Traffic department’s pro-active measures this year came after an exponential increase in the number of vehicles over the past decade which often choke the already narrow roads resulting in chaos on the Valley roads.

According to official statistics, the total registered vehicle population of the state stood at 9.17 lakh in May 2012 from 6.70 lakh in 2008-09, an increase of almost 30 percent.
 
In Kashmir valley alone, the number shot up to 3.47 lakh right now from 1.57 lakh vehicles in the year 2009. 

With the rising number of vehicles the number of accidents have also increased.

For the past five years, the deaths in accidents have been creeping up slowly.  Almost 4000 people have been killed and 40,000 injured in over 27,000 accidents across Kashmir valley from 2008 to mid of year 2012.


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