Meet the Trend-setters of Kashmir; And their reason behind it

In today’s time when people make the most of technology and gadgets, even walking down a kilometre seems a tedious task. Going on car seems a better, quicker option always.

While Delhi is whining over odd-even to reduce pollution, this gentleman from the valley has sought a typical route to end the nuisance. A veteran medical professional in the valley has decided to ditch the car and hit the road on his bicycle. But what really made him to take this step?

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Let’s Find Out…

Irked by frequent traffic jams in the city, advocate Moulvi Aijaz rides his bicycle to work at High Court in Srinagar

Donning a black suit and crash helmet, senior lawyer Molvi Ajaz Ahmad left onlookers including his colleagues surprised when he reached the High Court complex— on the cycle from his Nowgam residence.

Both authorities and people are responsible for traffic mess. Islam prohibits blocking way of pedestrians. Ironically, people while driving neither follow Islamic law nor law of the land, Ajaz told reporters while riding the cycle outside main gate of the court.

Ajaz, who owns four cars, said he would continue to ride cycle till traffic system is streamlined in the city. “Usually, it takes me around 45 minutes in car to reach High Court from my residence. Today, I reached the court within 30 minutes on cycle.

moulvi Aijaz

Meet Dr. Shafqat Khan. He is the Medical Superintendent of valley’s one and only paediatric hospital, GB Pant Hospital. The hospital is at a distance of 8km from his residence. He will thus, be travelling from his residence at Hyderpora to Sonawar, where the hospital is located making cycling a 16km daily ritual.


“It’s like a punishment to come in car owing to congestion on roads these days,”

On Thursday, Dr. Shafqat surprised all his colleagues when he arrived the hospital on a two-wheeler. When asked as to why he has chosen cycle as his new mode of transport, the answer was simple. Traffic. Dr. Khan said that he finds it unbearable to drive through roads packed with cars. But that was not the lone reason why highest official of the valley’s only childcare special hospital decided to dump the car, and opt for bicycle. “We all need some de-stressing in our lives. We have become slaves to our daily routines; and we don’t think of ourselves any more,” he said. While throwing light on health benefits of cycling we appealed one and all to shun cars and go cycling!

When Shafqat shared the details of his journey along with the photos on facebook, his timeline was filled with comments from officials in carious departments. A police official of the Senior Superintendent of Police SSP rank recalled the term ‘trend-setter’, which a security guard posted with him called when he arrived the hospital in style

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“If policing can be done on horses and bikes why can’t on a bicycle,” Shafqat says, while adding that his security guard will follow him and ‘can get cycle for himself.

“Frankly security is a bogus issue and we can’t compromise on health,” he reveals.

As the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Chowk road are closed for vehicular movement, traffic congestion has become a serious problem in the city. This not only irks the commuters but also takes a toll on smooth working of traffic police.

Meanwhile, the seasoned medical professional also appealed the car owners to ‘respect pedestrians and cycle riders’ and adds that once more people shift to cycling the ‘problem will automatically come down’. “Pollution will come down and health will be good. People should buy a bicycle,” he says.

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