Spaces Near Secretariat Witnessing Crowd Cut

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

Srinagar’s first bridge Amira Kadal connecting the two parts of assembly segment. Pic: Bilal Bahadur

File Pic portraying busy Amira Kadal.

Scores of makeshift commercial carts closer to Civil Secretariat—which often coagulate the city centre Lal Chowk and other nearby areas have been witnessing crowd cut.

The move is understood to have taken in wake of summer durbar that resumed in Srinagar on May 5.

“Before May 5,” said a shopkeeper of busy Maharaja Bazaar area of Amira Kadal, “the area used to be crowded with cart-pullers, but now, the area is hassle-free for public movement.”

Since a very long time, both shoppers as well as shopkeepers were complaining about the problem created by makeshift carts in the area, saying: “They (Carts) trigger unnecessary crowding and traffic jam in the area.”

Notably, while talking to Kashmir Life a day before Durbar Move started in Srinagar, SP Traffic (Srinagar), Haseeb Ul Rehman said the traffic department was mulling to weed out crowding created by vehicles and makeshift carts to provide smooth public movement in Srinagar.

With many hailing the latest move, apparently to decongest the Srinagar streets, there are some who termed the measure “half-baked” and simply a “cosmetic measure”.

“Though these carts remain off from road from morning till late afternoon,” said a shopkeeper of Srinagar’s Hari Singh High Street, “but they return around 4pm, which is the peak traffic time, and trigger traffic jam in the area. What shall one read out of this half-baked measure?”

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