Srinagar Gets 300 More Cops to Manage Traffic



One of the routine glimpses of city's traffic. Pic: Bilal Bahadur
One of the routine glimpses of city’s traffic. Pic: Bilal Bahadur

Summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir is getting three hundred more cops to manage the traffic on its congested roads.

Srinagar, of late, has witnessed major traffic choking at several junctions. More so, the problem increased manifold when the Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh stretch was closed for traffic due to on-going construction on flyover.

Following the closure of the vital road, the authorities ordered diversion of the traffic thus making it tough job for the cops manning streets.

A report on Sunday said that the Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, had asked Director General of Police to place services of 600 Special Police Officers (SPOs) at the disposal of the Traffic Police.

The order, the report added, was issued in order to ensure better traffic management in the districts, where at present majority of the violations of rules particularly over-speeding and over-loading are getting unnoticed due to shortage of men in blue.

Srinagar police is utilising services of around 400 cops at present, SSP Traffic urban Maqsood Uz Zaman told Kashmir Life some days ago. Similarly, Jammu has over 500 cops managing traffic. As far as rural areas of the State are concerned, there are around 400 cops in Jammu province and around 450 in Kashmir valley.

In her first meet with officials at SKICC here after Darbar closed in winter capital, CM Ms Mufti suggested to-go Delhi way in Srinagar, however, the idea did not invoke any major takers. Besides, Ms Mufti also asked youth to lead the way to decongest the summer capital.

Following the suggestion, the to-be-doctors at Government Medical College on Saturday resolved to use bicycle to reach the campus while the faculty decided that it will be doing car-pooling.

“The IGPs of Jammu and Kashmir Zones have communicated that they are ready to depute 600 SPOs to Traffic Wing but they have been asked to wait for few days as district and town wise requirements are being worked out,” the report said, adding “the Deputy Commissioners, District SPs and SPs Rural (traffic) in both the provinces have been asked to work out requirement by keeping in view all the traffic related aspects”.

The exercise is being completed within next 10 days with special focus laid on deployment of Traffic Police along with SPOs at busiest places and places of tourist interest and pilgrimage centres so as to ensure effective regulation of vehicular movement.

The cops have been asked to lay Nakas openly instead of hiding themselves which trend can easily be noticed at present.

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