Stating that traffic chaos has gripped the summer capital, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President Mr Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan today said the traffic police was squarely responsible for the mess.
In a statement, Mr Khan who also heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance, said it was because of the traffic chaos that the business activities have come to halt in the Central Business District, mainly between Dalgate and Batamaloo, as also in Shahrekhaas and uptown.
“On one hand the traders of Batamaloo have been rendered jobless due to the shifting of the bus stand whereas elsewhere in Srinagar, especially the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, the business activities have come to halt due to irking traffic jams,” Khan said.
He said it was unfortunate that the traffic police have miserably failed to regulate traffic whereas some of the senior officials in the department were resorting to “racial discrimination with the people of Kashmir.”
The KTMF Media Head and Sec.General of the Regal Chowk Traders Association Farhan Kitab said all through his professional career of doing business in the commercial hub he had never seen such arrogance in the traffic police that too when the department has been failing to do basic duty of regulating vehicular flow.
“The SSP Madam only makes symbolic visits much like some autocratic ruler. Amid high pitched siren of her vehicles she moves around in her cavalcade busy with her mobile phone. Such had never been the approach of the traffic police chief of Srinagar,” Kitab said.
The KTMF President Muhammad Yasin Khan said the prospective shoppers stay from visiting the city center and that it was need of the hour for the government to take remedial measures.
He appealed the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to personally look into the matter.