A massive traffic jam was witnessed from the Badamibagh cantonment area to Dalgate as the way leading towards the Rambagh Flyover at Sonawar as the security measure ahead of Republic celebrations at Sher-e-Kashmir cricket Stadium.
Eye witnesses told CNS that hundreds of the vehicles were stranded on the road from the Pantha Chowk to Dalgate giving very tough to commuters.
One of the commuters Sameer Ah said that the traffic jams have increased in the city due to the one or the other reasons “they issue no route plan in advance which irks commuters” and he also blamed insufficient number of traffic cops are unable to regulate congested roads.
The problem further worsens due to presence of street vendors on vital roads including Regal Chowk, Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Dalgate, Hari Singh High Street and Iqbal Park.
Massive traffic jam was witnessed at MA Road, Residency Road, Jahangir Chowk, Dalgate, Sonwar, Rainawari, Pantha Chowk, Bemina, Batamaloo and other adjacent areas.
One of the travellers namely Rafiq Ahmad while talking to CNS said that travelling on city roads has become more of a time and energy consuming experience.
He added that it took them half an hour to complete the distance of five kilometres which otherwise is just five to seven minutes drive normally.
At Rambagh, Hyderpora, Sanat Nagar and other adjacent roads, the traffic also moves at snail’s pace. “Traffic jams have become a routine affair. No efforts are being made to regulate vehicular movement,” said a commuter.
When CNS contacted concerned authorities they added that barricades have been erected at fewer as a security measure which will be removed after the culmination of Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday.
Meanwhile he added that the snow along the roadside has led to slippery conditions which are also adding to jams.(CNS)