By SHAFQAT SHAHEEN SHEIKH Srinagar 02 May 2018
Traffic jams caused due to lack of proper road infrastructure has become a nuisance for the residents of different towns across the erstwhile Doda district.
Locals say that although the number of vehicles has increased manifold in the district, roads across the district have not been upgraded for last several years which has messed up traffic in the entire districts of Chenab Valley.
Though it is not enough to say that Chenab valley comprising of three districts including Ramban, Doda, and Kishtwar , where locals are facing hardship due to non availability of Parking Zones for vehicles .
In district Doda a famous and buzziest township , Thathri having status of Sub District and becoming epiccentre of passengers for travelling to Jammu , Srinagar, Doda, Kishtwar, Bhalessa, Bunjwah and other regions of state .
Thathri is a town which is ill facilitated by way of parking slots for vehicles.
There was a time when countable number of vehicles used to ply and originate from Thathri to other cities of state. Due to increase, in the settlers from other adjoining areas in Thathri township and number of vehicles from Kishtwar, Bunjwah , Bhalessa ,
PremNagar Doda and Bhaderwah and from its adjoining areas became headache as there is lack of Bus Stand and Parking Zone that causes traffic jams .
With the passage of time, Sub District Administration, Branch of State Bank of India and Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Block Development Office, Army COY, Police Station, Hospital,
Government Degree College and many other establishments of Government and private sectors came to existence within the Thathri town.
These developments brought the Thathri town under the traffic chaos as there is no parking zone. Due to increase in the number of customers, the shopping markets also came up in a huge number, in Thathri business market and the parking area shrunk to almost no space.
The main shopping market of Thathri starts from Forest Check Post encircling the whole town which at one corner leads towards Court complex and on other towards Cooperative Marketing. The customers visiting this market have no appropriate space for parking their vehicles.
The strips earmarked for parking cater to compound the traffic chaos and people face trouble from police as it is bent upon to lift the vehicles and to pay the fine. The one way restrictions imposed is a necessity but it is hardly implemented, which is responsibility of both administration as well as people.
In this buzziest township there is no proper parking zones ,as at some places Municipal Committe and District Police have pasted various boards of Parking zones but due to negligence of transporters , drivers and traffic authorities these boards are only advertisement .
It came to be seen that at main chowk of Thathri maximum drivers makes U turn and locals faces hardship due to heavy traffic rush as road is having few metres width .
Besides these Thathri township remains in bad condition due to which drivers park their vehicle on one side of road creating traffic jams in Township.
It is pertinent to mention that Municipal Committee is collecting Aada Fees from drivers and transporters without any proper maintenance of parking zone .
Local passer-by accused the local administration and state government of not paying any heed to their woes despite repeated pleas. Adding that Township like Thathri is always thronged by people seem much more crowded with vehicles than public”, said a college student Akram.
He said that to reach college , We have to pass through busy and often jammed roads “as a number of commercial and private vehicles remain parked on the road which causes heavy jams in the town”.
Locals as well as Students seeks personal intervention of Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Traffic Police to make on-the-spot assessment of the Thathri township to streamline the traffic soas they can’t face any trouble.
( The writer is State Secretary All India Reporters Association, State Media Director Human Rights Council and Crime Intelligence Force Jammu and Kashmir and can be reached.)