Wasim Majnoon Mir
KUPWARA: The Traffic situation has worsened across kupwara town . A beeline of vehicles was stranded at many places across the town .Failure of the authorities to check frequent traffic jams in Kupwara town here causes immense inconvenience to the commuters.In absence of any traffic regulation, unending traffic congestion occurs daily on vital routes including the DC office road, main Chowk, Bypass and the Iqbal Market crossing.
“Frequent traffic jams have drastically affected our lives and business. The worst affected are the government employees and students,” Mohd Altaf, a BA student told our correspondent . The locals said the problem gets compounded as Army convoy’s heading for Tanghdar and Lolab sector often pass through the Kupwara town during peak hours.
“Drivers of trucks and Sumo vehicles and other private cars are themselves responsible for traffic mess by parking their vehicles wrongly or racing to leave the town first, consequently ending up in traffic jam,” said the locals.
“Traffic jams can prove detrimental for patients in case of any medical emergency. Ironically, the concerned authorities are acting as mute spectators,” the locals said. They said wrong parking of vehicles on main roads also contributes to traffic jams. “There is a single parking slot in the town. People have no option but to park their vehicles haphazardly,” said Rouf Hussain a local. Ironically, police only regulate traffic movement to facilitate VIP movement.“We appeal the senior Traffic officials to take measures to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic,” the residents said.