People in Srinagar had a tough time on Wednesday as traffic snarls prevailed across the city throughout the day due to the restrictions imposed on the Aashura processions in Srinagar .
The reports received by Kashmir News Service(KNS), inform that the chaos gripped the city due to the traffic jam and it took people hours to undertake the journey of some minutes.
The slow vehicular movement was reported in the areas of Ram Bagh, Channapora, Hyderpora . Also people from other areas have complained that the absence of traffic cops resulted in the traffic chaos on the city roads.
“It normally takes 10 minutes to reach Rambagh from Baghar Barzulla but I had to wait in que for more than one hour,” says Syed Mubashir while adding that the authorities had not finalized any route plan when they had to impose restrictions on peoples’ movement in some areas. He further stated that the people passing from one area had to stop at the other due to the restrictions that resulted in the traffic jam today.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailendra Kumar when contacted by KNS said that the administration had inputs that some elements can disrupt peace in the city and due to that reason restrictions were imposed in some sensitive areas.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) said that the traffic jam was not due to the inability of the department to control it but was due to the restrictions imposed in the city.
Several political parties expressed their concern over today’s situation and flayed authorities for their ‘mismanagement’ over today’s traffic chaos in the city. The CPI-M leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami in the statement to KNS slammed the administration over what he ‘termed’ the serious situation on roads today. Tarigami further stated that the authorities turned ‘blind-eye’ towards today’s situation and that when whole administration should have remained on alert so that the inconvenience might not be caused to the city inhabitants, it acted as ‘mute- spectator’ today.