State government Saturday informedHigh Court (HC) it has taken some concrete steps to decongest traffic jams in Srinagar.
Transport Commissioner said that steps like rationalization of routes and slating proper timing for buses and minibuses will be taken to combat traffic mess.
According to the report presented before HC, the Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Kashmir has conducted an exercise on 20 routes which comprised of rationalization of routes/stops, timings and trips.
Further work of rationalization is also being worked out, said the report.
It has been decided by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir that the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Senior
Superintendent of Police Traffic (SSP) Srinagar, Regional TransportOfficer (RTO) and Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) shall identify bus stops in all the intra-city routes phase by phase, and the SSP Traffic
shall prioritize the identification of routes for commencing the joint exercise of identification of bus stops.
With regard to segregation of inter city and intra city transport, itwas submitted before HC that the Transport Commissioner, J&K,convened meetings to draw the attention of Dy Commissioner Srinagar, Commissioner SMC, SSP (Traffic) Srinagar and RTO Kashmir to the Court directions vide order dated 20/07/2017 in (PIL) No 458/2003 titled Kashmir Consumer Welfare Forum V/s
Commissioner Transport & others.
For inter city transport, it was stated in report that the intercity transport mainly comprises of big buses. Presently there are two big bus operators plying buses from Srinagar to various destinations/towns in Kashmir Division.M/s Kashmir Motor Services operates 230 buses from Srinagar toAnantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, and Ganderbal Districts. Thesevehicles have green strips around their body for identification.M/s Western Big Bus Services operates 475 buses from Srinagar toKupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, andBudgam districts/towns.
These vehicles have red strips around their body for identification. The originating point and the final destination are displayed in front of the vehicles.
With regard to intra city transport, it was submitted that the intra city transport mainly comprises of mini buses. Presently there are1394 mini buses catering to the requirement of Intra city transport in Srinagar.
In addition to the mini buses, Sumos and other Maxi Cabs cater to the requirement of both inter city& intra city transport.
As a measure for identification of Maxi Cabs, the vehicles need to be color coded for which a proposal has been submitted to the Chairman, Regional Transport Authority(RTA), by the RTO Kashmir.
Also the Transport Authority will display the timetable on the bus stops. The Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, has to display the timetable at conspicuous place in the City.
For tackling the issue of vehicular pollution, the report said, three pronged strategy shall be adopted. Existing pollution centers will be checked as per mandated norms.
Also, the State Pollution Control Board and Motor Vehicle Department willre-inspect pollution checking centers of which licenses were suspended, report said.
The report said restoration of twenty five pollution checking centers has been done in Kashmir division.
It was also submitted before the court that the Transport Commissioner requested Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation to draw an action plan for installation of signages for road safety/stoppages/no horn (silent zones)/rate charts and also draw a timeline for installation of the same.