Mehbooba for synergised approach to improve traffic management

GJ Report
Srinagar, Oct 13: Asking for undertaking major reforms in the urban mobility sector, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today asked for a synergised approach by Transport Department, Traffic Police and Municipal authorities to improve the traffic management system in the State.
Chairing a review meeting of the Transport Department here today, the Chief Minister directed adoption of a twin approach of ultra-modern public transport facility coupled with strict implementation of traffic laws to ensure that the desired results in this regard are achieved.
Minister of State for Transport, Sunil Sharma was present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister asked for clearly delineating the inter and intra district transport facilities for which she suggested use of colour coding scheme. She asked for improving the condition of footpaths and clearing these from the encroachments so that a free pedestrian path is ensured along roads.
Mehbooba Mufti directed procurement of zero pollution low floor buses so that these become a preferred and convenient choice for the commuters. She also asked for developing bus bays for stoppage and pick and drop of passengers without any disruption on the traffic movement.
The Chief Minister directed strict enforcement of traffic laws to prevent accidents. She specifically directed ensuring use of helmets by the bikers while driving and crackdown against rash driving and those who do not possess licenses. She also directed to enforce use of parking slots by the drivers rather than parking on the roads. For this, she asked Traffic Police to undertake an intense awareness campaign.
Mehbooba Mufti was informed that the Department is on the path of achieving cashless transactions and a large number of Departmental services have been made online, thereby removing any chances of corruption.
The registration numbers would soon be given through vehicle dealers and Traffic Police would also start challaning the erring drivers through online mode. Moreover, 72 traffic junctions are being improved and provided with intelligent traffic lights system, the meeting was informed.
The meeting was told that 72454 vehicles were registered by the Department last year and at present there are 14, 88190 vehicles registered with the Department.
There are 70 driving schools running in Jammu and 57 in Kashmir province and for their technical audit, training of their trainers and preparation of driving manual matter has been taken up with IIT. Besides, an Inspection and Certification Centre is being developed at Jammu, the meeting was informed.
Meanwhile as a follow up to her visit last week, Mehbooba Mufti convened an inter Departmental meeting of officers to discuss and pace up the beautification of Charar i Sharief here today.
She also reviewed the arrangements put in place by the administration for the coming urs of Hazrat Sheikh Noor ud Din Wali.
Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar and Vice Chairman, Wakf Board, Peer Muhammad Hussain were present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister directed immediate start of fencing work in the area and standardization of architectural pattern for the same. She also asked for devising a holistic drainage project for the town and its proper execution at the earliest.
Mehbooba Mufti laid stress on beautification of the shrine complex by developing more green spaces, adequate maintenance of rest rooms and creation of more parking space near the shrine.
She also directed starting a plantation drive in and around the town which would not only stabilise the karewas in the area but also provide much more green cover to the shrine and adjoining areas.
The Chief Minister was informed that after her intervention by directing release of Rs. Two crore for completing the work on the shopping complex, the project would be completed in full within the shortest period.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the Minister for Public Works to visit the town at the earliest to assess more beautification and sanitation needs of Charar i Sharief and the shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Noor ud Din Wali, which she described as the fountainhead of tolerance, amity and brotherhood in Kashmir.
The Chief Minister directed designation of Deputy Commissioner, Budgam as the Project Authority for supervising the early completion of development projects of Charar i Sharief town. She directed adoption of an integrated approach for the completion and execution of developmental and beautification projects of the town.
Regarding the coming annual urs, the Chief Minister directed the Wakf Board authorities and District administration to make foolproof arrangements for the devotees. She directed completion of the face-lifting of the shrine complex on top priority before the urs.
Also the Chief Minister directed installation of more LED lamps for extra illumination at the shrine within a day’s time. Besides, she also directed the Urban Development Department to dispatch units of mobile toilets to the town for the urs days.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Commissioner-Secretary, Housing & Urban Development, Hridesh Kumar; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Haroon Malik; MD, JKPCC, Dileep Thusoo and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had visited Charar i Sharief during her Budgam tour on October 09 and directed release of Rs. Two crore for completion of work on the shopping complex besides pacing up other developmental works at the shrine and in the town.