Through Syed burhan
SRINAGAR- Street vendors continue to obstruct pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the Batamaloo neighborhood of Srinagar city, with authorities doing little to free the roads from occupation.
Commuters heading to Lal Chowk town center via Batamaloo face frequent traffic jams due to roadside and pavement space suffocation by vendors. They can be seen spreading out their carts on the vital stretch, often resulting in traffic jams.
Although the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has launched an anti-encroachment campaign, it appears to be struggling to eliminate the encroachment given the large number of trolleys on the busy stretch.
Similar scenes were seen on Wednesday, although authorities took action and prevented street vendors from occupying the main road, street vendors were still seen occupying the sidewalk and roadside of the very busy crossroads.
Frequent travelers on the Batamaloo road have long complained about traffic jams but the pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
âTraffic jams on this section have become the norm and I’m used to it, as a motorist, I find a way to pass. For cars and buses, it’s a long journey, Syed Mutahar a commuter.
Speaking to Kashmir Observer, SSP Traffic Muzaffar Ahmad Shah agreed that vendors are the main reason for traffic jams in Batamaloo. âOur main role is the regulation and management of traffic. To regulate traffic, we need roads and sidewalks free of encroachments. It is a prerequisite that all intersections are free of encroachments â. he said.
Shah added that the elimination of invaders and hawkers is in the domain of SMC. âOur area of ââresponsibility is vehicles and their movement on the roads,â he added.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Athar Aamir said they had launched a campaign to eliminate encroachments.
“In Batamaloo too, we are taking action, we have the right to remove roadblocks and the campaign to remove encroachments will continue,” he added.
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